Gynae-oncology Cancer

At Cabrini we offer specialised care in the field of gynaecological cancer affecting the female genital and reproductive organs. We provide a coordinated and individualised treatment plan to our patients with rapid access to leading surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and comprehensive diagnostic and support services to provide the best possible care.

General Inquiries

Phone: (03) 9508 1222

Operating Hours

Consulting rooms
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Out of hours consultations as required

Emergency Department
Cabrini Malvern
24 hours, 7 days a week

Inpatient wards
24 hours, 7 days a week

Referral

Required.

For Patients | For GPs

Locations

Cabrini Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern VIC 3144
(03) 9508 1222
Cabrini Brighton
243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9508 5888
Palliative & Supportive Care
646 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9508 1000

Why choose Cabrini for your gynae-oncology cancer care?

We offer a very specialised field of cancer care in the area of gynaecological oncology (gynae-oncology). Gynae-oncological cancers affect women’s reproductive organs including endometrial, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers; and all cancers affecting the fallopian tubes, vagina and the vulva.

At Cabrini you will have access to the knowledge and expertise of leading surgeons, specialist nurses, medical and radiation oncologists. We also offer a wide range of support services important in the treatment and management of your health including dietitians, physiotherapists and rehabilitation experts. We regularly review treatment plans with all members of our team to ensure we offer a coordinated care to best suit each individual’s needs.

If you choose to be treated at Cabrini you will have rapid access to clinical experts and diagnostic services. We aim to see new patients within a week of diagnosis or referral. Medical imaging can usually be done the following day, and biopsies within three to five days. Following the initial assessment we provide fast referrals to our sub-specialty colleagues to allow appropriate treatment to start as soon as possible.

Our gynae-oncology specialists are at the forefront of the latest screening, diagnostics and advancements in surgical techniques such as robotic surgery. Our team is also actively involved in the latest clinical trials and committed to putting emerging treatments into practice.

Genetic counselling

We also provide genetic counselling through our Family Cancer Clinic. The service offers hereditary cancer risk assessment by specialist genetic counsellors and oncologists for those concerned about their personal or family history of cancer. We aim to support those to come to decisions about managing their risk of cancer.

Gynae-oncology cancer services

Cabrini offers diagnostics, surgical treatment, chemotherapy and radiation oncology in appropriate cases. A team of healthcare professionals will work together with services offered at Cabrini to diagnose and treat gynaecological cancers. Our services include:

  • Chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted treatments through the new Gandel Wing infusion centre, or inpatient ward
  • Clinical trials including Phase 1 studies and access programs for some drugs prior to PBS reimbursement
  • Education programs and sessions, chemotherapy diary
  • Family Cancer Clinic – genetic counselling
  • Full range of medical imaging including state of the art PET scan and interventional radiology including PICC lines and ports
  • Look good feel better program
  • Living with Cancer – a free information group education session, located at Cabrini Brighton
  • Lymphoedema services
  • On site radiotherapy with GenesisCare Radiation Oncology
  • Pain and palliative care services – consultant and outpatient, home based and dedicated inpatient if needed
  • Pastoral services
  • Psycho-oncology, psychiatry, dietetics/nutrition, physiotherapy, exercise physiology and rehabilitation programs
  • Surgery
  • Stomal therapy
  • Wig and headwear service – a free wig service for all patients, located at Cabrini Brighton

 

Gynae-oncology specialists

Surgeons

Medical oncologists

Radiation oncologists

Stomal therapist

  • Ms Joanne Campbell

Psychologist

  • Jane Fletcher

Lymphoedema specialist

  • Ms Gillian Buckley
  • Ms Nina Klawisz

Useful Resources

Commonly asked questions

  • I would like to know more about the risk factors for developing a gynaecological cancer?

    If you would like to know more about risk factors associated with endometrial, cervical, ovarian and cancer of the vagina and vulva please refer to the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation for all of the latest information.

  • How important is food and exercise during treatment?

    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.

  • Can I participate in a clinical trial?

    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, 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 subsidised by the government.

  • How much will my treatment cost?

    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.

  • Is financial assistance available?

    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.