At Cabrini we offer specialised care in the field of genitourinary cancer, including kidney, bladder, prostate, ureter, penis and testicular cancers. We provide a coordinated and individualised treatment plan for patients, with rapid access to leading surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and comprehensive diagnostic and support services to provide the best possible care.
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Genitourinary cancers occur in the urinary tract, bladder and kidney and are also found in the male reproductive system, prostate, ureter, penis and testicles.
Our expert specialised surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists work in collaboration to plan your treatment and ongoing management when you come to Cabrini. Whether this be active surveillance, or access to the latest in robotic surgical technologies and clinical trials, Cabrini is at the forefront of the latest in genitourinary cancer care.
Cabrini’s expert specialists provide the latest in prosthetic urology management for treatment related side effects. Prof Mark Frydenberg leads Cabrini’s team of expert genitourinary specialists who participate in the prostate cancer outcome registry, a national registry, demonstrating clear commitment to quality and safety outcomes for our patients.
Our commitment to comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to care ensures our patients are closely monitored throughout all non-active and active clinical treatment when diagnosed with a genitourinary cancer.
|Prostate cancer resources|
|Cancer Council Australia – What is prostate cancer?
|Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia|
|Cancer Council Victoria - Prostate cancer|
|Cancer Council Victoria - Optimal Care Pathways|
Kidney cancer resources
|Cancer Council Australia - What is kidney cancer?|
|Better Health Victoria - kidney cancer|
|Cancer Council Victoria - kidney cancer|
Bladder cancer resources
|Cancer Council Australia - What is bladder cancer?|
|Cancer Council Victoria - Diagnosing bladder cancer|
Testicular cancer resources
|Cancer Council Australia - What is testicular cancer?|
|Cancer Council Australia - Understanding testicular cancer|
Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells located in the prostate gland start to grow more rapidly and in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in Australian men and commonly a slow growing cancer than other types of cancer. This may sometimes mean that immediate treatment is not required however some are quicker growing tumours requiring immediate investigation and treatment. Prostate cancer is commonly detected following changes in the prostate. Tests conducted to examine these changes include a screening test known as a PSA blood test and a DRE (digital rectal examination).
One of the benefits of being cared for at Cabrini is our dedication to world-class research. Cabrini’s Oncology Clinical Trials Program gives eligible cancer patients access to pioneering treatments, including immunotherapy and targeted therapies, for a range of cancers. The program was established in 2003 and provides state-of-the-art care for cancer patients and continued advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We achieve this through a combination of research, education and clinical practice.
Your specialist will discuss any clinical trials offered at Cabrini, and other hospitals, that you may be eligible for. They may also connect you to relevant special access programs, which give patients access to new drugs before they are subsidized by the government.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise when you are undergoing cancer treatment is proven to have profound benefits. Research shows that if you are active and eat well while you have medical treatment, it may improve your quality of life, reduce your risk of cancer recurrence, increase your chance of survival and extend your life.
However, it can be difficult to know what to eat and how much to exercise. That’s why Cabrini offers cancer patients advice on nutrition and exercise that is backed by science and tailored to individual circumstances. Our dietitians offer nutritional support during cancer treatment to help you with weight management and advise you on the correct meal choices.
We also have a team of exercise physiologists to support you with your exercise needs. The cancer experience can take a heavy physical and mental toll on patients, and exercise is a safe and effective way to counteract some of the side effects. The latest evidence suggests regular exercise before, during and/or following cancer treatment decreases the severity of adverse effects. It has also been linked to reduced risk of developing new cancers and conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Please ask your specialist for more information, or visit our Allied Health Centre page or call the centre on (03) 9508 1700 to book an appointment. The Cancer Oncology Society of Australia’s Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care is also a great source of information.
It depends on your private health insurance policy and the type of medical tests and treatment you require. Every patient is different, so we recommend speaking to your doctors and health insurance provider. Generally, hospital cover policies pay the cost of in-hospital treatment charged by your specialist, and other costs such as accommodation and theatre fees. You may need to pay a gap, which is the difference between the total fee charged by your doctor and any Medicare rebate and health fund benefit.
Your specialist can tell you the cost of their consultations. Often the first and second visits will cost more, and a small out of pocket cost will apply for subsequent outpatient visits. If you see the specialist in hospital, or on days when you are admitted for treatment, there will usually be no out of pocket or ‘gap’ fee for the consultation.
Please note: this is a guide only. For further details please contact your private health provider.
Victoria offers four free programs for people experiencing financial hardship as the result of their cancer diagnosis: The Legal Referral Service; the Financial Planning Referral Service; the Workplace Advisory Service and the Small Business Advice Service. Industry professionals volunteer to deliver these programs to patients experiencing financial difficulties. Cancer Council Victoria offers advice in its Cancer and Your Finances Guide. It also helps refer patients to services that may be useful.
At Cabrini we can also connect you to a social worker who can give you financial advice, such as accessing superannuation early. We understand cancer patients can experience financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis and treatment and offer a discount to eligible patients receiving chemotherapy on many services. Ask your doctor or nurse about the Cabrini Chemotherapy Card and how it can be used to offset some of the costs of care.
If you have been diagnosed with a genitourinary cancer your GP will refer you to a specialist at Cabrini hospital. Your GP can help select the most suitable specialist to treat you. Alternatively, you can visit the Find a Doctor directory.
At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with genitourinary cancer receive prompt treatment. We aim to assign new patients to a specialist within hours of an urgent referral and within a week for non-urgent referrals.
We have all the support services required for your care in one location, including all medical imaging and pathology services. This ensures coordinated care and reduces stress during what can be a challenging time.
At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with a genitourinary cancer receive prompt treatment. We aim to triage new patients within hours of an urgent referral and within a week for non-urgent referrals.
Our specialists are available to give you advice on your patient and discuss diagnostic and treatment plans. If your patient is unwell our specialists can directly admit them for inpatient treatment. For a list of our specialists visit the Find a Doctor directory.
Alternatively, if the matter is urgent, the Cabrini Malvern Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED team can provide a referral to the most appropriate specialist to meet your patients’ need.