Advanced cancer care is now available for patients in Perak with the opening of Hospital Fatimah’s new cancer centre. Named Wolfgang Cancer Centre (WCC), in honour of Brother Wolfgang Widmann, it was officially opened by the Honourable Msgr. Michael Cheah, Vicar-General of the Diocese of Penang on July 5.
Wolfgang, 81, a member of the Order of the Brothers of Mercy, was a pioneer delegate dispatched to Ipoh to help run the hospital in 1975, where he served for eight years.
The facility consists of two units: Chemotherapy Day Care (CDC) on the ground floor and Radiotherapy Unit (RTU) on the lower ground floor. Services at WCC commenced in stages since March 2013. The centre is now fully operational.
Equipped at a cost of RM15 million with state-of-the-art cancer treatment machines, including the 160 multi-leaf collimator, Nucletron Brachytherapy and 32-slice Large Bore CT scanner, imported from Japan and Europe, they are capable of treating all kinds of cancerous tumours, with precision being the goal in diagnosis and treatment.
CDC can accommodate ten chemotherapy patients simultaneously. RTU, on the other hand, can take up to 35 cases a day. The facility has treated over a hundred patients to date.
Considered one of the most advanced cancer centres in Malaysia, Consultant Oncologist and Radiotherapist, Dr Chan Wee Han, who heads the facility with support from a team of medical physicists and radiotherapists at the RTU and a team of oncology-trained nurses at the CDC, believes that patients have a good chance of beating cancer. Even so, he stressed, “Early detection and early treatment are still the keys to cancer survival.” The top three most common cancers in Malaysia are colon, lung and breast cancer.
The opening of the Wolfgang Cancer Centre, located in the new 8-storey building of Hospital Fatimah, marks another important milestone for the not-for-profit-private-specialist hospital in Ipoh.
This community-based hospital, founded by the Congregation of the Brothers of Mercy, has a strong and active welfare system. Those who have difficulties in paying for their cancer treatment, even though the hospital keeps charges reasonable, are referred to the welfare department.
The Wolfgang Cancer Centre is located at Block E of Hospital Fatimah. Address: No. 1, Lebuh Chew Peng Loon, off Jalan Dato’ Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh.
Tel: 05-545 5777 Fax: 05-547 7050
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