New Waitaha Canterbury cancer facility opening in 2023

A new building to house the Cancer Society’s Christchurch-based patient accommodation and support services is due to be completed in early 2023. Chief Executive of the Cancer Society Canterbury – West Coast, Nicola Coom, says the facility is planned to cater for those with all cancers. It will have 50 accommodation rooms and be available for people with cancer from around the South Island who need to come to Christchurch Hospital for treatment.

“It’s very exciting to be involved in this project as it is our aim for it to become a centre of innovation for cancer support for the people of Canterbury and the South Island,” she says.

Nicola and the team aim to expand the services offered from the new centre to include therapeutic cancer services such as lymphatic drainage massage, counselling and more.

The facility in Langdons Rd, Papanui will replace its facilities destroyed by the Christchurch earthquakes.