Cancer treatment specialist GenesisCare has partnered with Northern Cancer Institute (NCI), which provides medical oncology and haematology at two locations in northern Sydney.
The partnership will involve the two NCI cancer centres at St Leonards and Frenchs Forest joining GenesisCare’s international oncology network.
GenesisCare CEO Dan Collins says patients have responded positively to this model in cancer centres in the UK and Spain.
“We look forward to collaborating with the highly regarded NCI doctors to replicate this integrated approach in Australia, starting with NSW.”
The partnership will leverage NCI’s medical oncologists and haematologists and GenesisCare’s radiation oncologists to provide patients with streamlined access to cancer diagnostics and treatment.
The annual incidence of cancer in the Northern Sydney local health district is projected to increase from 4,968 in 2014 to 6,026 by 2024.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt visited the NCI centre at St Leonards to announce price reductions for a number of scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
GenesisCare General Manager of Oncology in NSW Dr Kathy Kociuba said: “This integration will also allow us to expand our clinical research programs and improve patient access to the latest state-of-the-art cancer treatments.”
Once integrated, suitable patients will have access to more than 55 clinical trials, spanning medical oncology, radiation oncology and theranostics.