An average of 12 high-level skin cancer surgeries are performed on patients in Albury-Wodonga per month thanks to equipment funded by the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund.
A $345,000 grant was made to Albury Wodonga Health for a new surgical microscope, specialised skin graft machine and other related equipment in 2020.
This has enabled plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Queenie Chan, to perform up to 150 high-level skin cancer removals per year.
Among those to benefit was Rutherglen stockman, Stephen Cooper, who underwent a five-and-a-half operation to remove a skin cancer from his lip in February 2021.
Dr Chan worked in partnership with ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr Eliza Tweddle, to remove the skin cancer and perform a reconstruction with tissue taken from Mr Cooper’s left thigh.
“There was only two operations like it in Australia at that stage, and to think one was done here in Albury-Wodonga,” Mr Cooper said.
“I couldn’t have had two better people looking after me. I’m very happy with the outcome.”
Cancer Support Albury Wodonga
Brave Hearts on the Murray Inc.
201 Borella Road,
East Albury NSW 2640
(02) 6064 1538
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund Inc.
PO Box 326,
Albury NSW 2640