Olivia Newton-John launches cancer centre

Melbourne: ‘Grease’ star Olivia Newton-John has launched a cancer clinic named after her in Australia, saying the centre is a dream come true for her.

The USD 189 million Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre opened this week the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, and health chiefs hope it will provide leading clinical care and research, reported Herald Sun.

The 63-year-old actress, a breast cancer survivor, was the guest of honour at the launch and she is overjoyed the facility has finally opened its doors after years of financial issues.

"It is absolutely a dream come true, today is the first day that the public has seen this magnificent hospital and wellness centre... We`ve been working on it a long time, it`s been a 10 year vision and nine years fund raising and we`re just delighted," she said.

Detailing the massage facilities at the clinic, she adds, "I know from my own experience that healing touch can be very helpful when you`re going through cancer because it`s pretty disturbing, and just to feel human touch is really wonderful."