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Cancer Services at Peninsula Health

Since starting in 1994, Peninsula Health’s cancer service has expanded and now includes a team of nine medical oncologists and an advanced oncology registrar with three outpatient clinics each week. 

Our wide range of services include treatment and support services for patients to our hospitals. Our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals work with patients and their families to provide an informed and comprehensive service.

We also encourage patients, family members, carers and others to visit our Cancer Information and Resource Lounge in the Integrated Health Building to explore a wide range of cancer related resources.  These have been provided to ensure people are as informed and equipped as possible, to better manage the cancer journey.

Oncology Outpatients

Our commitment is to provide a patient-centred Oncology service through a multidisciplinary approach with patients, their family, and the relevant health professionals. The team includes medical oncologists, surgeons, nurses, radiation oncologists and pathologists, who conduct weekly clinics through Outpatient services.

Referrals to other services can also be organised through our clinics including:

  • Specialists Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Lymphoedema Practitioners
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Dental Services
  • Palliative Care

We also conduct clinical trials across the various different types of cancer.

Please contact the relevant department with any queries you may have relating to your Outpatient appointments.


Oncology Inpatients

The Inpatient department provides in-hospital care for Oncology patients at Frankston Hospital.  People with a wide range of conditions are treated at all stages of their cancer journey.

Our multidisciplinary team includes medical staff and allied health professionals with services in the community, who provide in-patient chemotherapy and in-patient radiotherapy in partnership with Frankston Private Hospital. We work together with the Chemotherapy Day Unit and Palliative Care team to provide seamless care.


Chemotherapy Day Unit

The Chemotherapy Day Unit provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for the safe delivery of chemotherapy and related cancer treatments at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals.

We aspire to ensure our patients and their carers receive the support they need throughout their time with us. The Chemotherapy Day Unit also offers telephone support for patients at home during office hours, into the evening and at weekends.

Referrals to specialised services can be made by the Chemotherapy Day Unit staff if beneficial to our patients.


Community Services

Palliative Care – Palliative care provides quality of life care including physical, psychological and spiritual support for patients, their carers and their families.  Peninsula Health offers a multi–disciplinary approach to Palliative Care that is available at home or in the hospital.

Rehabilitation Program – The cancer Rehabilitation Program is for cancer patients and survivors who wish to gain confidence with exercise, managing fatigue, improving nutrition and managing stress so they can get on with living.

Who can use the service?
Cancer survivors who have finished active treatment within the last month up until two years following treatment are eligible.

What is involved?
The groups run twice a week, for two hours each session for six weeks. The groups combine supervised exercises, education and discussion sessions, with self-management support in a group setting. A home exercise program is provided for all participants.

Cost
$6.40 per session

What do I need to bring?    
Bring your medical history, a current medication list, and tell the clinician anything that may impact on exercising.

What do I need to wear?     
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing to exercise in.

How can I access this service?
To attend the program, please phone an ACCESS worker to register on 1300 665 781


Specialist Nurses

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and families.  Peninsula Health offers a wide range of specialist nurses, who provide support, information and referrals to patients and their families throughout the cancer journey. 

All specialists work closely with multi-disciplinary teams providing input to patient treatment plans.  Our Nurse specialists include:

  • Breast Care Nurse
  • Skin Integrity
  • Stoma Therapy Nurse

Our friendly teams will advise if specialist nurses are required for individual treatment plans.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to speak directly with your treating team.


Our Team

Dr Zee Wan Wong

Dr. Zee Wan Wong has commenced her new role as the new Head of Oncology at Peninsula Health in August 2017. She has also been appointed as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with Monash University. Dr Wong obtained her postgraduate medical qualifications at the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh) before completing her Medical Oncology fellowship in the United States in 2003. Thereafter, she was a Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at the National Cancer Centre, in Singapore. She obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Medical Oncology in 2013 when she came to Australia.

Zee Wan was the founding Clinical Director of Oncology Unit at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton since 2012 and also the Clinical Director of West Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services. Her clinical focus is breast and gastrointestinal cancers as well as immunotherapy and is very active in clinical research and teaching. She has led various initiatives such as expansion of the oncology service to include inpatient care, setting up the clinical trials unit and obtaining accreditation for an advanced oncology trainee position. Besides her involvement in the Hume Survivorship Project, she was also part of the steering committee for the Victorian Chemotherapy Redesign Project and the Care Coordination and Link-in Project for colorectal, urologic and neurological malignancies with St Vincent’s Hospital. Zee Wan was the lead applicant for the Victorian Lung Cancer Redesign Project where Hume was one of two regional sites in Victoria to be awarded. She was the co-applicant for the Victorian Regional Cancer Clinical Trials Network project awarded by Cancer Council Victoria. She regularly lectures at the Living with Cancer and Cancer Survivorship workshops. Zee Wan was the principal investigator for various oncology clinical trials including prostate, breast and gastrointestinal cancers in collaboration with ANZUP, ANZBCTG and AGITG amongst others. She has actively represented Regional Victoria in several initiatives such as the development of the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways, various tumour summits including being on the working party for gastro-oesophageal cancers and the Cancer Service Capability Framework Pilot. She is currently a Clinical Advisor for Cancer Council Victoria Clinical Network and also a senior lecturer at the Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at national as well as international oncology conferences. Zee Wan has been instrumental in establishing oncology services and clinical trial access in regional Victoria.

Dr Jacqui Thomson

Dr. Jacqui Thomson MBBS, FRACP is a graduate of the University of Western Australia. She trained in Medical Oncology in Melbourne, including clinical research felllowships at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. 

Jacqui’s main professional interests are in the management of early and advanced breast cancer as well as the application of best supportive care practice throughout all stages of a cancer diagnosis, in particular, minimising the side-effects of systemic therapy.

Jacqui has been the local principal investigator in a number of international, multicentre clinical trials as well as conducting many investigator-led studies at Peninsula Health.  She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the Multinational Society of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) and Breast Cancer Trials group.

 

Dr Oliver Klein is a medical oncologist who has undertaken training in Medical Oncology and Clinical Haematology in Germany before coming to Australia to join the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the Austin Hospital. He has worked for several years as a postdoctoral and clinical research fellow being actively involved in melanoma and cancer immunotherapy research.

Dr Klein has a particular interest in the treatment of patients with melanoma and skin malignancies as well as in immunotherapy. Next to being a staff specialist with Peninsula Health he is also holding an appointment at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre at the Austin Hospital where he is heading the immuno-oncology clinic. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research institute.

Dr Sewak

Dr Sanjeev Sewak combines extensive experience with a genuine commitment to patient welfare. He joined Peninsula Health in 2009 as a consultant Medical Oncologist, and he also consults at Noble Park and at PASO (Peninsula and Southeast Oncology) at Frankston Private Hospital.

He has a broad range of experience in all tumour types and his research interests include genitourinary malignancy and lung cancers. Dr Sewak has also been a Lead Investigator in a number of trials involving prostate, renal, and bladder cancers at both PASO and Peninsula Health.

Sanjeev Sewak is an active member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, Victorian Clinical Oncology Group, Australian and New Zealand Urological Prostate Group, Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

After graduating from Melbourne University in 1989 with an MBBS and training in Internal Medicine and later Medical Oncology, he received his Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

He spent two years in New York, USA dedicating his time to post-graduate research and training in oncology at New York University Medical Centre in Manhattan. 

Nicole Potasz

Dr Nicole Potasz is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She was appointed as a consultant medical oncologist at Frankston Hospital in 2003. Nicole attends outpatient clinics, multidisciplinary team meetings and participates in the ward service roster. She has a particular interest in breast, lung cancer and colorectal cancer and is an investigator in local and international clinical trials.

 

Dr Babak Tamjid is a Medical Oncologist with special interests in Colorectal, upper gastrointestinal, Breast, melanoma, and genitourinary cancers. He follows new advances in Oncology very closely and he has great experience and an interest in use of immunotherapy for treating various cancers.

Dr Tamjid currently holds Medical Oncology consultant position at Peninsula Health and he is the Clinical Director of Oncology at Goulburn Valley Health and works as a Medical Oncologist in a number of private hospitals.  He is also a Lecturer at the Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne.

He graduated from medical school with an M.D. degree in 2006. He completed his basic physician training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2011 and completed his advanced training in General Medicine and Medical Oncology at three major hospitals including the Alfred Hospital, the Austin Hospital and Box Hill Hospital. He worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in medical oncology at the Austin hospital where he was involved in a large number of phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials. He received a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2015.

Dr Tamjid has a keen interest in research and has published in a number of peer review journal.  He continues to actively participate in clinical trials and present at national and international conferences.

Yolanda Antill Dr Yoland Antill is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She trained at Royal North Shore Hospital, in Sydney before completing a fellowship and doctoral studies at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and now works full time across both public and private appointments at Frankston Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Cabrini Health as a Medical Oncologist and Cancer Genetics specialist. Her working and research interests are in the management of Breast and Gynaecological cancers. Yoland is the lead investigator for a number of local and international research studies and is involved in the development and conduct of clinical trials. This includes the Study Chair for a first in its kind Phase 2 study in the treatment of advanced endometrial cancer, the site PI for a number of clinical trials in the management of breast cancer, site PI for several research projects investigating the genetic cause of cancer together with supportive care studies.

Dr Antill is a member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, the Australian Gynaecological Oncology Group, the Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is a current invited member of the ANZBCTG Supportive Care Subcommittee and the ANZGOG’s Endometrial Cancer working party. 

 

She has more than 15 years’ experience in both medical oncology and in the diagnosis and management of hereditary cancer syndromes.