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

Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program
Exercise and supportive care program
Phone: (03) 5722 5523
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

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Cancer Liaison Nurses

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Our dedicated team of cancer liaison nurses are located in the Oncology Unit at Northeast Health and can provide support and information to those who are affected by cancer. Our nurses embrace a philosophy of care that respects the individual needs and values of each client and offer a specialist service that includes;

  • Supporting patients with cancer at any time after discharge
  • Talking to families of people with cancer at any time
  • Providing information and resources about cancer and cancer treatments to patients and their families
  • Providing links to healthcare professionals and community services such as;
    • social work
    • dietetics
    • psychology
    • pastoral care
    • breast care nurses
    • lymphoedema therapy
    • palliative care
    • district nursing
    • stomal therapy

Information, advice and support are always available by calling (03) 5722 5194 or just drop-in to the Oncology Unit located next to Medical Imaging on the ground floor. View NHW Visitor Map

Oncology Unit

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Our Oncology Unit provides chemotherapy and supportive treatments for people with cancer or other chronic illnesses. During your first visit, we will provide education about your treatment and any possible side effects that you may experience. Some treatments can take several hours, so you are welcome to bring a friend or family member along for company.

We 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.

Cancer Wellness & Exercise Program

Our Cancer Wellness and Exercise program is suitable for those who are currently having active treatment, have completed treatment or are on maintenance therapy. The eight-week group exercise and education program has been developed according to evidence which shows that exercise is a safe and effective therapy for the management of cancer.

This group-based program consists of exercise and education sessions designed to help you:

  • Increase your fitness and strength
  • Perform daily tasks
  • Reduce treatment side-effects
  • Learn how to cope with life now
  • Connect with others

Call (03) 5722 5523 for more information or to register for the next 8-week program.

Education topics include:

  • Survivorship and Exercise
  • Exercise and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Fatigue and Exercise
  • Podiatry and Your Foot Health and Continence Care
  • Healthy Eating and Healthy Wellbeing
  • Recovery and Wellness, Relationships and Intimacy and Complimentary Therapies
  • Life Management, Finances and Work
  • Your GP, Your Health and Your Bone Health
  • My Health and Local Services