Welcome to St George’s Cancer Institute
Raising funds to provide cancer services at St George’s Cancer Care
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 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)
- Rob Black, Director
- Peter Pryor, Director
- Chris Weir, Director
- Avtar Raina, Director and Radiation Oncologist
- Michelle Vaughan, Director and Medical Oncologist
What we fundraised for?
Initially all funds raised went towards the purchase of two Elekta Synergy linear accelerators.
The equipment is leased to St George’s Cancer Care 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?
Your continued support will help us to continue to provide the latest treatments and technologies that our Cancer Care 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.
- Stereotactic treatments