Mayor understands patients needs

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell was treated for breast cancer 12 months ago.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell was treated for breast cancer 12 months ago.

IF ANYONE can understand the divide between cancer patients’ needs and political funding realities, it is Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.

Cr Dowell was back at the cancer unit at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday for the first time since recovering from breast cancer herself 12 months ago.

“It’s a funny feeling to be back here,” she said yesterday as Mr Rudd visited with patients before announcing the Federal Government’s $9.1 million funding for the new cancer facility.

“It has hit me personally much more than I expected.

“I made the choice to have a mastectomy because we didn’t have this new equipment and I wasn’t prepared to travel the five hours a day for six weeks for a 15 minute treatment.

“This funding is the best news for cancer patients and their families in a long long time.

“It will only be a few months before patients have a real choice.”

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