Cancer Support Services

Cancer Liaison Nurses
Phone: (03) 5722 5194
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Oncology Day Unit
Phone: (03) 5722 5194
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Support
Phone: (03) 5722 5473
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.30pm

Can-Move
free water-based exercise program for people recovering from cancer.
Phone Jayne Bell: +61 (03) 5722 5070

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Cancer Liaison Nurses

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Providing support and visiting patients on the wards – both newly diagnosed or at any other stage of their cancer journey.Our dedicated cancer support nurses embrace a philosophy of care that respects the individual needs and values of each client. Also, known as a Cancer Liaison Nurse they are located in our Oncology unit and provide a specialist service that can include;

  • Supporting patients with cancer at any time after discharge
  • Talking to families of people with cancer at any time during their experience with cancer
  • Providing information and resources about cancer, cancer treatments and support available to patients, families and the general public by phone, drop-in and appointment.
  • Providing links to healthcare professionals & community services such as;
    • social work
    • dietetics
    • psychology
    • pastoral care
    • breast care nurses
    • lymphoedema therapy
    • palliative care
    • district nursing
    • stomal therapy

 

Oncology Day Unit

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Our oncology day unit provides chemotherapy and supportive treatments for people with cancer or other chronic illnesses. During your first visit, we will discuss your treatment and any possible side effects you may get as a result. Some treatments can take several hours, so you are welcome to bring a friend or family member along for company.

We also provide morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea as well as a well‑stocked lolly jar for those needing some sugar during the day.

You should wear comfortable clothes with loose sleeves as most chemotherapy drugs are given through an intravenous (IV) drip.

It is a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home after your first treatment. You might be able to drive yourself for subsequent treatments depending on how you feel.

Bring a list of your current medications including over-the-counter preparations such as vitamins, herbal or natural medicines.

Breast & Gynaecological Cancer

Northeast Health’s breast care and gynaecological cancer service offer specialist support to women and men with breast cancer and to women with gynaecological cancers.

Our service can:

  • help you with information about breast and gynaecological awareness and health
  • answer questions and discuss concerns about common breast and gynaecological conditions
  • provide information about breast and gynaecological cancer
  • explain medical terms and give you an opportunity to discuss treatment options
  • help you to make informed decisions
  • work with your treatment team on your behalf
  • assist you in accessing wigs and prostheses
  • give you information about practical supports such as transport and accommodation
  • provide you with information about services and support groups available in the community
  • refer you to specialist healthcare professionals or other services when you need them.

CAN-MOVE

free water-based exercise program for people recovering from cancer.

Can-Move Program

This low to moderate intensity exercise program aims to improve quality of life after a cancer diagnosis, restore mobility and confidence and support treatment of related chronic health conditions. The program runs for six weeks (3 – 4 timer per year) and is held at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports & Aquatic Centre (HP Barr Reserve, Shilling Drive, Wangaratta)

Take part in our group excercise and education program

Wellness and Life after Cancer

This local, eight-week program can assist you to:

  • Increase your fitness and strength
  • Perform daily tasks
  • Learn how to cope with life now
  • Connect with others

The program supports you to move into recovery and wellness.

It is also suitable for those on hormone or ongoing treatments.

Topics include:

  • Exercise, recovery and wellness
  • Fatigue and cancer treatment
  • Health and wellbeing plans
  • Eating well and being active
  • Wellbeing and relationships
  • Finances and work
  • Your GP and your health
  • Local services