Queen’s Birthday Honours: leading oncologist hails ‘inner strength’ of patients

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Treating cancer patients never gets easy for one of the country’s leading oncologists, but he is always humbled by the strength and character shown by those battling the disease.

Feilding’s Dr Garry Forgeson was given the highest accolade out of those in Manawatū featured on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to oncology.

He has been a medical oncologist at Palmerston North Hospital since 1988, with his career also involving a range of governance positions.

He also led the work to create regional cancer treatment services between Palmerston North, Gisborne, Hastings, Taranaki and Whanganui hospitals.

Source: Stuff