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The Department of Medical oncology aims to provide integrated patient-focused care, based on evidence-derived treatment protocols, in a supportive and compassionate environment. Medical oncologists treat cancer patients with chemotherapy, biologic therapies, or other cancer-fighting drugs. Medical oncologists usually specialise in treating one or more types of cancer that occur in a specific organ or tissue (such as the liver, lungs, bone, blood, or skin), organ system (such as the central nervous system, hormonal system, or reproductive system), or region of the body (such as breast or head and neck). The Medical oncologist often coordinates the activities of a patient's treatment team.

Nurses play an important role in caring for patients at Concord Cancer Centre, and are often the members of the treatment team with whom you will have the most contact. Nurses will help you through your experience at Concord Cancer Centre, whether you are being treated in the hospital or as an outpatient.

For most cancers, treatment is led by one or more primary physicians, including a medical oncologist, a surgical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. Other members of the team can include:

Genetic Cancer Specialist

A genetic cancer specialist is a doctor who uses laboratory tests to identify features within a person's genetic code that can provide a more precise estimate of his or her risk of developing cancer.

Oncology Dietician

Patients with certain types of cancer - such as head and neck cancer, stomach cancer, or pancreatic cancer - may have dietary limitations during or after treatment.

Oncology Social Worker

Oncology social workers provide patients and their families with practical and psychosocial support during their treatment at Concord Cancer Centre. oncology social workers also direct patients to community-based resources that can help in dealing with the financial aspects of life after treatment.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a doctor who specialises in treating depression and anxiety, which can occur during or after cancer therapy. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can help patients adjust to life during or after cancer treatment.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who are trained to help patients regain functions that were compromised during cancer treatment.

Making a referral

A referral from a general practitioner (GP) or specialist is needed for all appointments.

Ph: 02 9767 5969
Fax: 02 9767 7934

Patients should bring with them any recent and relevant pathology results, scans or radiology results.

The Medical oncology Multidisciplinary Team includes:

Head of Department, Medical oncologist, Director Cancer Services Sydney Local Health District - Associate Professor Philip Beale (specialties include breast, central nervous system, gynaecological, sarcoma, upper gastrointestinal, colorectal)

Medical oncologist - Associate Professor Martin Stockler (specialties include bladder, kidney, prostate, testicular)

Medical oncologist - Associate Professor Janette Vardy (specialties include respiratory and survivorship)

Medical oncologist - Dr Prunella Blinman (specialties include respiratory, upper gastrointestinal, colorectal)

Medical oncologist - Dr Annabel Goodwin (specialties include breast, colorectal, cancer genetics)

Medical oncologist - Dr Anthony Linton (specialising in lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer research)

Oncology Nurse Consultant - Jeralyn Jacquet can be contacted on 02 9767 5817.

Medical Oncologist - Dr Belinda Kiely (specialising in Breast cancer)