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Great news for North West Cancer patients

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Cancer patients in the north-west no longer have to travel to Launceston for life saving treatment.

The North West Cancer Centre opening in Burnie.

For the first time the majority of cancer patients in the North West will no longer need to travel out of the region.

The Hodgman Government contributed nearly $8 million in funding towards the capital works and will provide $14.5 million over 4 years to help with operational costs.

The project got off the ground with Federal Government funding together with private and community donations.

The new North West Cancer Centre will provide critical cancer services such as radiation and chemotherapy, in the same community where patients and their loved ones live.

This means around 7,500 less trips each year for patients, who usually had to go to Launceston.

The centre is now fully operational and the first radiation oncology patient was treated on Wednesday.

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