Bowen Icon Cancer Centre is celebrating five years of providing cancer care and support for local patients and their loved ones.
In those five years, the team have delivered over 8500 radiation therapy, medical oncology and haematology treatment and cared for almost 2000 patients during their cancer journeys.
Since opening in 2017, the team have been determined to make state-of-the-art treatments and technology available at the centre.
In 2019 Bowen Icon Cancer Centre became the first in New Zealand to treat patients using Varian’s HyperArc technology.
This technology delivers precise radiation therapy and enables a patient’s cancer treatment to be delivered with greater efficiency, accuracy and comfort.
The team have been offering free lymphoedema screening for breast cancer patients, with over 150 people screened in 12 months.
Bowen Icon Cancer Centre were the first private facility to introduce a nurse prescriber role.
“It is a pleasure to lead the team at Bowen. From a small team of five, we have grown to over 20 team members, with everyone committed to the delivery of world class cancer care. The individualised approach provided to our very first patients is still evident five years on, with the team always going above and beyond to ensure patients and their whānau feel supported every step of the way during their cancer journey. There have been some wonderful firsts in New Zealand that the team has been involved in and we are continually looking for ways to improve our service to benefit our patients,” said Bowen Icon Cancer Centre Site Manager, Darien Montgomerie.
Paraparaumu Beach local, Sarah Ford was one of the first patients treated at Bowen Icon Cancer Centre following a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis at just 35-years-old.
Sarah and her husband Richard moved from the UK to New Zealand in 2016.
“I noticed a concave in my left breast, so I went to a GP to get it checked. The GP told me that I was being silly and I was too young to worry about breast cancer. I had a feeling something wasn’t right, so I insisted on a referral to a specialist to have an ultrasound or a mammogram done.