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Concerned about cancer symptoms? Don’t delay

Peninsula Health Head of Oncology, A/Prof Zee Wan Wong

Peninsula Health urges anyone who is concerned about symptoms of cancer to visit their GP as soon as possible.

This is in line with Cancer Council Victoria’s simple message to all Victorians during Covid-19 – ‘Don’t Delay’.

Identifying and treating cancer early can save lives. If any member of our community has health concerns, please promptly visit your doctor and attend your appointments for further investigations, or to see a specialist.

“We are seeing fewer patients being diagnosed with cancer in Victoria over the last few months during the pandemic,” says Peninsula Health Head of Oncology, A/Prof Zee Wan Wong.

“It is important to continue to present for cancer screening and seek medical attention for any concerning symptoms. Potential delays in cancer diagnosis may lead to more advanced disease and symptoms, and often a poorer outcome.”

Peninsula Health’s Oncology Unit is continuing to provide care throughout Covid-19 to ensure our cancer patients can receive the support they need.

Our staff are taking every precaution to ensure patients are as safe as possible when they come to our health service for cancer treatment.

For more information about Peninsula Health Cancer Services, please click here.

We have also launched our SURC service (Symptom & Urgent Review Clinic) to help patients manage potential side effects of systemic anti-cancer treatments. Patients can access this service during weekdays and after hours for advice, or attend in person. This allows timely access to care that our patients need and helps to avoids unnecessary presentations to the Emergency Department.  

When should I see my doctor?

According to Cancer Council Victoria, you should see your doctor if you notice any of the following changes:

  • lumps, sores or ulcers that don’t heal
  • unusual breast changes: lumps, lumpiness, a thickened area, unusual nipple discharge, a nipple that turns inwards (if it hasn’t always been that way), a change in shape or colour or unusual pain
  • coughs or hoarseness that won’t go away
  • unexplained weight loss
  • for women, any loss of blood, even if it’s a few spots between your periods or after they’ve stopped
  • moles that have changed shape, size or colour, or bled
  • blood in a bowel motion
  • persistent changes in toilet habits.

You can find helpful Cancer Council Victoria resources here.