Medical Oncology

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

The Medical Oncology Unit at Northern Health is a specialist unit that provides expert care for patients who have a diagnosis of cancer.

What can I expect from the service?

The Medical Oncology Unit runs multiple outpatient clinics every week. With the exception of the Craigieburn Oncology Clinic at where care is provided for a range of different cancer types, the outpatient clinics are generally according to type of cancer ie Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer as well as other less common types of cancer. Patients are seen by a specialist doctor (Medical Oncologist) in clinic with the assistance of junior doctors and specialist nurses, where a management plan is made, required treatment is organised and this is communicated to your General Practitioner. Interpreter services are available.

 

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Please bring a list of your current medications, your Medicare Card and details of your General Practitioner, and any scans or xrays that you have had done recently. [if relevant]

Contact us:

Phone:      8405 8335

Email:       SpecialistClinics@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The Medical Oncology Unit at Northern Health is staffed by medical oncologists with a variety of areas of subspecialty expertise, and provides care for people with cancer across all stages of their journey.  We work closely with other specialties involved in the care of people with cancer, including surgical specialities, radiation oncology, haematology, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, and palliative care. This allows us to deliver excellent co-ordinated multi-disciplinary patient care.

The major tumour streams managed by Medical Oncology at Northern Health are:

  • Breast cancer;
  • Colorectal cancer;
  • Upper gastrointestinal cancer including gastric cancer;
  • Hepatobiliary cancer including pancreatic cancer and cholangiocarcinoma;
  • Genitourinary cancer including prostate cancer, bladder cancer and kidney cancer;
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma

How to Refer:

Minimum Referral Information

To ensure safe, timely access to Northern Health, all referrals must contain the minimum referral information as detailed below:

Patient Demographic Information: Clinical Information
– Full Name (and alias)
– Address
– Mobile Number
– Date of Birth
– Medicare Number
– Indigenous Status
– Interpreter Requirements
– Reason for Referral
– Requested Specialty / Service
– Working Diagnosis
– Current Manage of the condition and response to this
– Medical History (current and relevant past)
– Current Medications
– Relevant Investigations and Pathology

* Please note: that if a referral fails to meet the minimum referral information it will be declined with notification by letter to referring GP and patient.

Fax Referral to: 8405-8616