A Gympie local brings revolutionary skin cancer treatment to the community
Tuesday 21 May 2019
A revolutionary non-surgical skin cancer treatment, Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT), is now available for the first time in Gympie. Residents in the community, and the surrounding regions, who suffer from non-melanoma skin cancer will now have access to this affordable, specialised and life-saving skin cancer treatment close to home.
Non-melanoma skin cancers, including Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma make up the majority of Skin Cancer diagnoses in Australia. There are approximately 400,000 new cases reported each year and Queenslanders are amongst the highest percentage of those diagnosed.
In March 2017, Gympie local and Registered Nurse Joanna Noller, together with Radiation Therapist, Martin Noller and Radiation Oncologist, Dr Colin Dicks opened Just Skin Treatment Clinic in Maroochydore. At the time there was no access to superficial radiotherapy in Queensland outside major hospitals in Brisbane and Townsville. Two successful years later, Joanna, Martin and Dr Dicks are making this incredible treatment option available to more people in our community by opening a second clinic right here in Gympie.
Joanna states, ‘While Gympie holds a special place in my heart, our expansion here means we can offer more people more choice when it comes to treating their non-melanoma skin cancer; something that is exciting for us but so beneficial for those suffering with the disease. This is a positive step forward for the community after the recent closure of the local private hospital.”
Superficial Radiotherapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery. This technology works by distributing a low energy X-ray to the affected area. These X-rays target skin cancer cells causing irreversible damage while sparing the surrounding healthy skin. It is extremely effective with a 90-95% cure rate, which is similar to surgery.
While this treatment option is widely used in private practices throughout Europe, the UK and USA, Just Skin is one of only a few clinics in Australia to offer this treatment. The Sunshine Coast, Gympie and surrounding regions therefore make up the majority of Australians fortunate enough to have access to this remarkable treatment.
Dr Colin Dicks says, ‘Since opening our doors in Maroochydore, we have been able to achieve some incredible results. This affordable treatment, that doesn’t rely on private health insurance and is supported by Medicare, is a fantastic option for any patient who isn’t suitable for or would prefer to avoid surgery. It’s extremely safe and effective, and to now have it available in a regional area such as Gympie is a blessing for our community’.
About Just Skin Treatment Clinic
Just Skin was created to offer a non-surgical treatment option to people suffering from non-melanoma skin cancers. Specialising in superficial radiotherapy (SRT), this established treatment effectively targets and treats non-melanoma skin cancers, while meeting the highest of Australian Medical Standards. SRT offers patients exceptional results and the clinic is only one of a few throughout our nation to offer this highly effective treatment option.
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