Hospitals & Services
Once your referral to the Oncology Department has been received you will be sent a letter with an appointment to see one of the oncologists: a doctor who specialises in the treatment of cancer.
The Cancer Society's "Questions you may wish to ask" booklet may be helpful to you when trying to prepare for your appointment/s. You can phone 0800 CANCER (226237) and they can send you a copy.When you come for this appointment please bring:
A list of your current medications
A copy of your discharge note if you have stayed in hospital recently
Any changes in your address, telephone numbers or next of kin
If you are unable to keep the appointment then please phone the department on (03) 364 0020 to arrange another time. Find out where we are located - Oncology Location Map
When you arrive in the department please let the receptionist know who you are and who your appointment is with. The reception staff will direct you to the appropriate waiting room. Please allow plenty of time to get here, and remember that parking at the hospital is limited.
You may be seen by the Oncologist or Registrar. You and your doctor will have a conversation about your diagnosis and your treatment options, which may include participating in a clinical trial.
All medical treatments have benefits and side effects and these will be explained to you so that you can understand what is involved in each treatment option allowing you to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with any of the treatments offered. Although the doctor can recommend a course of treatment to you, the final choice is yours. You do not need to make a decision about treatment at this first appointment, you may have time to go away and consider your decision. Sometimes further tests may be needed before a treatment option can be recommended. These tests and the need for them will be explained to you by your doctor.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and it is sometimes helpful to write down any questions that you wish to ask and bring them with you. You are also welcome to bring family or a support person with you.
If you have been given enough information and have chosen a treatment plan, you may be asked to sign an "Agreement to Medical Treatment" form. The doctor also signs this form to indicate that they have provided you with all the information needed for you to make an informed decision about the treatment being offered. By signing the form you are agreeing to proceed with the treatment suggested, although you can change your mind at any time.
If at anytime you feel unsure or have any questions about your disease or treatment, please feel free to ask your health professional.
At this appointment the doctor or nurse will give you an information folder. This contains information about the department, other services and the treatment that the doctor and you have discussed or agreed upon.
Please bring this along to all of your appointments.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the information pack please ask your health professional.