New cancer centre promising innovation

New cancer centre promising innovation

Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:48am AEST

ABC News report

ABC News

A new cancer facility at Flinders Medical Centre is aiming to be a world leader in clinical approaches to cancer treatment.

It will have a focus on reducing the mental and physical stress that accompany cancer treatment and surviving the disease.

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer has been formally commissioned.

Alan Young of the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation says there will be a focus on improving the treatment environment.

"It's accessible. They're (patients) able to do other things while they're sitting for hours doing chemotherapy. They're able to have friends and family in. They're in a warm, welcoming, engaging environment," he said.

"We're not adding another scary thing to what is already a traumatic time, so the whole centre's being driven and informed by the patient journey rather than the medical journey."

The facility incorporates the Livestrong Cancer Research Centre pioneered by Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

In a video played at the launch of the centre, he offered his hopes for its success.

"Over the next years and decades, the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer will produce state-of-the-art research that will transform how we fight this disease," he said.

The centre has cost $28 million and been financed from government grants and the support of thousands of private donors.

SA Health Minister John Hill also has high hopes.

"It's not just abstract research looking at particular things down the end of a microscope. It's looking about what happens, what works with patients in the real world and how we can improve the care that they get," he said.