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Pictured: Director of Radiation Therapy, Kevin Van Tilburg (far right)with staff members Jelene Westling, Julie Smith, Jorja Gow, Cuong Nguyen and Menglei Chao.

Soaring display lifts spirits

04 Feb 2019


Patients, families and staff of the Nepean Cancer Care Centre have crafted 1000 symbols of hope and healing for World Cancer Day, Monday 04 February.

Hanging high within the corridors of the facility is an art display of 1000 origami paper cranes, some containing personal messages from people who have survived, are living with or have been affected by cancer.

The display is inspired by an ancient legend says Director of Radiation Therapy, Kevin Van Tilburg.

“1000 folded paper cranes are a symbol of healing in Japanese folklore,” says Mr Van Tilburg.

“We want our patients and families to feel that the Nepean Cancer Care Centre is a place of hope. Certainly since the origami cranes have been hung up on the ceilings I’ve seen many faces light up as people walk by, some have even taken photos. It’s a great feeling.”

World Cancer Day also coincides with the opening of new patient consultation rooms that are a part of Nepean Hospital’s major redevelopment.

The rooms were recently cleansed at an Aboriginal smoking ceremony with hospital staff and community members attending.

As part of World Cancer Day, Mr Van Tilburg is working to reduce the stigma around radiation therapy.

“Radiation therapy is one of the safest and most effective options for treating cancer. The sophisticated equipment and highly skilled staff at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre can deliver finely tuned doses of radiation which have the maximum impact on cancer cells while minimising side effects.”

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