Most patients will have received a diagnosis of cancer before being seen by an oncologist or haematologist (doctors specialising in cancer). Generally the referral is made by another health professional who has undertaken the necessary tests and investigations to get a diagnosis of cancer. Commonly these referrals may be from surgeons or general medicine doctors of differing specialties.

Your general practitioner is the first person you should see if you have any concerns regarding your health. Your general practitioner can then liaise with the most appropriate general medicine or surgical specialist.

The Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology Service does not take direct referrals from the general public.

If you have been referred to the Oncology Department, find out more information on how to prepare for your appointment.‚Äč

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Page last reviewed: 11 October 2013