Distressing delays for cancer treatment

Monday 27 November 2023

Today Shadow Minister for Health Ashton Hurn and I met with Alex MacKenzie who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2022. More than a year later, Mr Mackenzie is understandably distressed that he’s been unable to secure an appointment for surgery to remove the cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer detected in South Australian men, and ten Australian men die from the disease every day. A cancer diagnosis is already a frightening experience and it shouldn’t come with the additional side effect of the agony of waiting for surgery. We want to see South Australians get the timely care they deserve, which is why the government needs to identify bottlenecks in the system and find solutions for patients like Mr MacKenzie.