Welcome to St George’s Cancer Institute
Raising funds to provide cancer services at the St George’s Cancer Care Centre
The Institute is a registered charitable trust raising funds to provide the latest equipment and technology and assistance with cancer services to St George’s Cancer Care Centre patients.
Why should you help us?
The most critical issue facing New Zealand is our ability to treat cancer patients. Linear accelerators provide life-saving radiation treatment. With greater capacity, patients will also receive the optimal number of treatments based on international best practice.
Who are we?
The Trustees of the St George’s Cancer Institute are:
- Cilla Glasson, Director (Chair) and (Chair of Fundraising Committee)
- Chris Atkinson, Director and Oncologist
- Rob Black, Director
- Andrew Laing, Director
- Christopher Weir, Director
- Chris Wynne, Director and Oncologist
What are we fundraising for?
Initially all funds raised went towards the purchase of two Elekta Synergy linear accelerators.
The equipment will be leased to the St George’s Cancer Care Centre through a commercial agreement creating a funding stream for the Institute. Revenue earned will be used to support a range of cancer-related activities such as South Island cancer research, psychosocial support for patients and their families, and subsidised treatment and financial assistance for patients, all under the umbrella of the St George’s Cancer Institute.
As a result of a number of very significant donations from individuals and corporates, together with donations from a large number of supportive donors and fundraising events, the Institute reached its initial $7 million target in April 2014. The Institute is continuing its fundraising drive for the ongoing purchase of world-class equipment and technology.
Who do I contact?
Our next project is to raise funds for the introduction of a Stereotactic programme (see below for details). Your assistance will help us to provide the latest treatment and technology that our Cancer Care Centre patients deserve.
What Cancers will we treat?
The Institute’s machines are the latest available worldwide and able to optimally treat a range of cancers.
- Breast, lung, colorectal, head and neck, prostate, musculoskeletal, lymphoma, skin (melanoma), brain and other cancers can all be treated.
- Prostate cancers, head and neck cancers and secondary brain tumours are cancers that we will treat with techniques not currently available in Canterbury.
- Many patients will be treated with Intensity Modulated Radiation Treatments(IMRT) - which means higher doses to difficult body sites can be managed more safely limiting collateral damage to other body organs.
- Patients won’t have to travel to the North Island and/or Australia for these specific treatments as they do currently.