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Old Time Hollywood Glamour charity ball to support vital prostate cancer treatment and research

Posted 31 March 2010 by (Hurstville News)

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

“Sadly, one in nine men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, with around 20,000 new cases diagnosed in Australia annually,” he said.

“Once completed in 2012, the Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI) will provide innovative treatments to hundreds of men each year and boast the State’s largest and most important integrated clinical trials unit for prostate and other cancers.

“Council has already witnessed the superb results of its ongoing fundraising efforts for this worthy cause with the completion of Stage 1 of the project.

“In 2009, doctors and administration staff moved into 10 newly constructed rooms on the first floor of the Cancer Care Centre.”

Director of St George Hospital’s Cancer Care Services, Professor John Kearsley, said Stage 2 of the project, which commenced in February this year, will provide advanced facilities and equipment at the PCI to treat prostate cancer.

“What makes the PCI unique to other public cancer treatment facilities is that we offer an innovative localised form of radiotherapy called brachytherapy, which reduces treatment and recovery times, and the risk of side-effects,” he said.

“A team approach also ensures that every facet of best practice care is available to men and their families.

“Stage 2, which will cost $1.2 million, includes demolition of a section of the ground floor area to make way for a world-class brachytherapy bunker, CT scan facility and additional rooms in the Cancer Care Centre.

“It is due to be completed in mid-2010, and represents the largest integrated centre for the management of prostate cancer in Australia.

“The PCI has been chosen as the premier brachytherapy centre in NSW by the State Government.”

Professor Kearsley said Stage 3 will involve the creation of a major integrated clinical trials facility.

“This facility will serve as the largest and most important unit of its kind in NSW and enable research into the value of new treatments for prostate and other cancers.

“Thanks to the generous support of Council, more patients will have access to vital treatments at St George Hospital than ever before.”

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

“The final result of this ambitious project will be a world-class prostate cancer diagnosis, 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 Sansom said Council is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the PCI and is committed to raising funds for this great cause through its major fundraiser, the St George Ball, and other annual events.

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

The dress theme is ‘Old Time Hollywood Glamour’.

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

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:
Platinum - Kip McGrath Education Centres St George, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader , Conca D’oro Events Centre and Royal Jewellery
Gold - BlueFit Hurstville and Zed n Zed Jewellers
Silver – Marsdens Law Group, Ettason, Club Central Hurstville, Club Rivers and Medibank Private
Bronze – Cathy Travel, Guardian Funerals, Bates Bikes and Lugarno Seafood Restaurant
Supporter – Warren Saunders Insurance

For more information and tickets, telephone Council’s Events and Protocol Officer, Helen Dickenson-Panas on 9330 6067 or email hdickenson-panas@hurstvillen.nsw.gov.au

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