Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre
On the 27th June 2011, the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre welcomed its first patient for treatment.
This marks the completion of 5 years of an unrelenting campaign by COUCH to bring these services to Cairns.
The opening of this state of the art facility means that 340 patients who were travelling to Townsville and beyond, are able to receive treatment and care locally. It was an historic day for our community and for many it will not be until they are exposed to the necessity of cancer treatment, that they will truly understand just how significant that the campaign that COUCH began in 2006 really was.
The centre has been named after Liz Plummer, who spearheaded this campaign. Liz was the very public face for all cancer sufferers in our region. Her story was one that had been experienced by so many, but Liz’s passion and unrelenting focus crystalized the need for radiation treatment in Cairns.
With the backing of Charles and Pip Woodwood, a very motivated committee of people and a wave of momentum from the community of Cairns , the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre is a demonstration of what can be achieved when a community truly believes in a concept and a just cause.
Liz lost her fight with cancer in July 2009. The naming of this centre is a fitting legacy for Liz and her family.
The Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre is located at Block E (Lake St) at the Cairns Base Hospital. It currently has two linear accelerators in operation with the capacity for a third to come on line. It is one of the most modern and contemporary facilities to be offered to patients anywhere in Queensland. The centre is run by Radiation Oncology Queensland which has established itself as one of the first truly digital radiation oncology facilities in the world.