Cancer doesn't take a Christmas break

Posted 21 Dec 2018.

Vicki Platt from Broome is one of the many guests staying at Crawford Lodge over the festive season. 


For most Western Australians the holiday season means winding down and taking time off to celebrate with loved ones.

But that's not always the case for people affected by cancer.

This festive season Cancer Council WA's Crawford and Milroy Lodge accommodation facilities will be home to over 100 patients and carers from regional WA - a 7% increase on last year.

According to Cancer Council WA Accommodation Services Manager Ron ten Hoor more than half of the rooms will be occupied these holidays.

"Over the festive season, we will be at about 67% occupancy at both our lodges.

"We do tend to quieten down over the holidays as many people head back home to be with their families but unfortunately, this isn't the case for everyone, especially those who need to be close to treatment," Mr ten Hoor said.

58-year-old Broome resident, Vicki Platt, is one of the many guests who will spend the holidays away from home to continue her cancer treatment.

"When I was told I would be having treatment over Christmas I was a little bit disappointed but it has worked out well so far," Ms Platt said.

"There is a sense of comradery here and the rooms are very comfortable."

Ms Platt said she was not aware of the many support services available to country cancer patients prior to staying at the lodge, particularly the free transport to treatment bus.

"Quite a few of the other guests are located closer to the metropolitan areas, like Geraldton, so they have driven down and have their vehicles with them. The transport to treatment bus is a wonderfully helpful service for people like me who had to fly in," Ms Platt said.

Mr ten Hoor said the main point of difference between staying at the lodges over other accommodation providers in Perth was the range of services and social support available to guests, their carers and family.

"We like to provide as many opportunities as possible for guests to get together over the festive season. This includes our Lodge Christmas party, several morning teas and on Christmas day our caretakers will host a special luncheon," Mr ten Hoor said.

"We also offer a range of support services tailored to people affected by cancer, such as our wig service, counselling services, complementary therapies, Life Now exercise classes and transport to treatment.

"Around the festive season, we notice that our guests are understandably more emotional, so it's very important to have that aspect of social support because unfortunately, cancer doesn't take a break."

Click here for more information about our support services or give our cancer nurses a call on 13 11 20. 


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