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Innovative service for cancer patients started by entrepreneur

The way that cancer sufferers are accessing services is being turned on its head with a new day hospital. Lift Cancer Care, located in Kurralta Park, delivers support services that patients most need.

“Appropriate exercise services, physiotherapy, psychology and a place to get support from a community of other people on a similar path, can now all be accessed under one roof,” says Lauren Whiting, CEO of Lift Cancer Care Services.

The hospital was launched in January 2018 and has received accreditation from the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.

“The road to becoming a entrepreneur started in 2016 when I won the Denis Harwood Scholarship at University of Adelaide to study a Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” says Ms Whiting.

“Inspiration for this challenging business venture began 18 months ago when a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and I watched her go through a series of specialist appointments, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but there was nowhere she could turn to for easy access to the support she needed.

“Cancer sufferers are already benefitting from this new kind of ‘one-stop-shop’ service whereas before they had to travel from one service to another.

Last year Lift Cancer Care Services became a member at the University of Adelaide’s business incubator, ThincLab, giving the company access to office space, mentoring and peer support through the early stages of her business start-up and the opening of the day hospital at Kurralta Park.

“Lauren’s story is inspirational. She has gone from studying entrepreneurship, identifying a business opportunity due to personal experience, right through to opening an exciting new business venture with support from ThincLab. The result is Lift, a place that provides services that people with cancer really need and deserve,” says Renee Hakendorf, Manager of ThincLab.

World Cancer Day is Sunday 4 February 2018.