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Cancer Services

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.