Val and Dennis Chapman know too well the stress and anxiety associated with cancer treatment.
From long travel time, treatment side effects and the illness itself, they've seen it all through close family and friends.
Their daughter Karen is receiving treatment for bowel cancer while a neighbour is battling breast cancer.
Mrs Chapman also lost both her sister and brother to forms of cancer.
She highlighted some of the issues people face with cancer treatment.
"When our daughter has the chemo, she is sick on that day.
"She takes a few tablets and goes to bed.
"Lucky she is only doing it once a week but other people are doing it many more times than she is.
"It is a big stress for the family when you've got to catch a bus all the time to get there and home again," Mrs Chapman said.
There is some relief on the way for local patients, with Taree named one of 13 locations across Australia to benefit from the Federal Government's regional radiation therapy services expansion.
Lucky she is only doing it once a week but other people are doing it many more times than she is.Val Chapman
The expansion, announced in last week's Federal Budget, would be guaranteed if the government was successful at the May 18 election.
Member for Lyne David Gillespie said the growing population needed closer access to services and a specialised radiation oncology unit in the heart of Taree would do just that.
A local unit would eliminate extra travel to treatment services, a heavy burden for cancer patients and their families.
"There's 92,800 people living here and they shouldn't have to travel and dislocate to travel down to the Mater in Newcastle or up to Port Macquarie and spend three hours a day travelling when you have weeks and weeks of radiation therapy," Dr Gillespie said.
"A course of radiation therapy may take three to four weeks, depending on what sort of cancer you are getting treated for.
"We're a growing region and we deserve to have the best."
A location for the unit is yet to be determined, with ongoing local developments from the State government, such as the Manning Hospital redevelopment and plans for a public hospital in the Great Lakes, to play a factor.
This will continue to be negotiated, with tenders for building the unit expected to go out imminently if successful at the election.
Dr Gillespie said Federal funding would focus on infrastructure, radiation machines and medical personnel.
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