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Hurstville City Council hosts charity ball to help fund world class prostate cancer treatments

Posted 17 April 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Badalati said proceeds from the charity event will help fund the creation of Australia’s pre-eminent public facility for prostate cancer treatment at St George Hospital.

“Every day 32 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and, tragically, one in every three still die from this terrible disease,” he said.

“On its completion in 2012, the Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI) will have the capacity to treat hundreds of men using leading-edge treatments and equipment.”

Director of the hospital’s Cancer Care Services, Professor John Kearsley, said Council’s fundraising has greatly assisted the PCI to complete Stage 1 of the new facility, which is located in the hospital’s Cancer Care Centre.

“What sets the PCI apart from other public cancer treatment facilities is that we offer an innovative localised form of radiotherapy called brachytherapy, the benefits of which include a quicker recovery period and a reduced risk of postoperative infection,” he said.

“Thanks to the generous support of Council, our doctors and administrative staff were recently able to relocate to 10 new work rooms in the PCI.”

Professor Kearsley said that while much has been achieved to date, the PCI still requires a large amount of funding to continue its sophisticated research and treatment facilities and to purchase equipment.

“Stages 2 and 3, due to commence in August this year and cost $1.2 million, will include construction of a world-class brachytherapy bunker, a new CAT scan facility, clinical trial units and additional rooms for prostate cancer sufferers,” he said.

“Our most ambitious work, however, will occur next year with Stage 4, when we add two more floors to the Cancer Care Centre at a cost of $2.2 million.

“The final result will be a world-class prostate cancer diagnoses, treatment and research centre which will bring holistic care and new hope to prostate cancer sufferers in the St George region, and indeed, across this country.”

Mayor Badalati said Council is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the PCI and is committed to raising funds for this great cause through events such as St George Ball.

The night will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment, raffles and auctions.

Tickets are $125 with tables of 10 also available. All money raised will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Institute.

People are encouraged to come along, join in the fun of the night and support this very worthy cause.

The St George Ball is proudly sponsored by:

For more information and tickets, telephone Council’s Events and Protocol Officer, Helen Dickenson-Panas on 9330 6067.

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