Cancer and Wellness Service
Download information brochure 2023: Cancer and Wellness Service.pdf
The Cancer and Wellness Service provides specialist care for people diagnosed with cancer and our team of Specialist Cancer Nurses provide support and information. We embrace a philosophy of care that respects your individual needs and values.
Day Chemotherapy and Medical Infusion Unit
Our Day Chemotherapy and Medical Infusion Unit is staffed by a dedicated team of specialist nurses who administer chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other supportive treatments for people with cancer.
Treatments for people with other medical diagnoses (such as neurology, immunology, gastroenterology conditions) are also administered in the unit.
Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Nurses
Our specialist Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Nurses are available to provide you and your loved ones with support and information throughout your breast or gynaecological cancer diagnosis.
Our nurses are available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Prostate Specialist Nurse
Our Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse is an experienced registered nurse who has received additional training in prostate cancer care and work with your doctors and care team. They provide care and support to you and your loved ones in all areas of prostate cancer care – whether you are newly diagnosed or have already had some treatment.
Our Stomal Therapists provide support and education to inpatients and community clients. A Stomal Therapist may be involved in your care for faecal or urinary stomas, gastrostomy, management of fistulae and wound care.
Our Stomal Therapists can also help coordinate care between metropolitan and rural health professionals and services.
What our Specialist Cancer Nurses can do:
- Provide information on your specific cancer.
- Answer questions and discuss your concerns.
- Supply written and verbal information about your cancer diagnosis.
- Explain medical terms and provide the opportunity for you to discuss your treatment options.
- Assist you to make informed decisions about your treatment and care.
- Liaise with your treatment team on your behalf.
- Provide information about transport and accommodation options.
- Listen to you and your family members.
- Provide referrals to specialist health professionals or other services when required.
- Provide information about community services and support groups.
- Assessment and support to manage side effects of treatment.
Other services to support your care
Our specialist nurses can refer you to other services within Northeast Health to support your treatment.
These services may include:
- Early Lymphoedema Program
- Exercise Physiology
- Individual exercise program
- Lymphoedema Therapist
- Occupational Therapy
- District Nursing Service
- Pastoral and Spiritual Care
- Palliative Care
- Social Work
Outreach Clinical Psychology Service
A Clinical Psychologist provides outreach oncology counselling at Northeast Health once a fortnight.
There is no cost for this service.
Cancer Exercise and Education Program
This 8 week program is suitable for people who are currently having active cancer treatment, have completed treatment or are on maintenance therapy.
The program is a two hour time commitment for eight weeks, which combines both exercise and education to empower patients to live as well as possible with and beyond cancer. Before joining the program, patients will meet with our Exercise Physiologist, who will write a personalised exercise program.
Our program has been developed according to evidence that shows that exercise is a safe and effective therapy for the management of cancer.
Education topics include:
- Exercise and Cancer
- Emotional Wellbeing
- Fatigue and Cognitive Changes
- Podiatry and Your Foot Health
- Healthy Eating
- Pelvic Floor Health, Relationships and Intimacy
- Complementary Therapies
- The Role of Your GP & Cancer Survivorship