At Cabrini we treat more patients with skin cancer and melanoma than any other private or public hospital in Victoria. We have leading specialists in dermatology, plastic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology offering access to the newest skin cancer and melanoma treatments and clinical trials.
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Cabrini Skin Cancer and Melanoma Service is one of the best in the country, with leading specialists providing access to expert advanced treatments and surgical interventions to treat skin cancer. As one of the largest private providers of cancer treatments in Melbourne we offer a comprehensive and coordinated care to our patients.
We provide access to diagnostic services, plastic surgeons, sub-specialist surgeons as required, medical oncology and radiation oncology services. Most patients will never wait for more than a week for a new patient appointment.
To ensure that you receive the best plan of care all new cases are discussed and reviewed at regular team meetings with all members involved in your care. Cabrini specialists ensure a complete integration with local expert dermatologists to provide a comprehensive skin cancer and melanoma service.
Skin cancer is the third highest form of cancer in Australia behind prostate and bowel cancer. However, if detected early the vast majority (90 per cent) of patients will be successfully treated. We treat all types of skin cancer at Cabrini. There are three main types of skin cancer:
Cabrini was one of the first hospitals in Victoria to provide immunotherapy treatment to patients from 2010, leading the way to provide expertise in this field of medicine. Cabrini has participated in some of the landmark clinical trials in melanoma, which have shaped the treatment worldwide. Many of the Cabrini specialists present at symposia nationally and internationally.
Cabrini offers access to expert dermatologists, diagnostic procedures, surgical treatment, chemotherapy and immunotherapy and radiation oncology in appropriate cases. Our plastic surgeons are well known for their reconstructive surgery and exceptional cosmetic outcomes.
A team of healthcare professionals will work together with services offered at Cabrini to diagnose and treat skin cancer. Our services include:
|Cabrini Resources||External Resources|
|Cabrini Clinical Trials||Cancer Council – What is melanoma?
|GenesisCare Radiation Oncology||Cancer Council Support Line – 13 11 20
|Cancer Council – Cancer Connect peer support service
|Cancer Council – Clinical Guidelines Network
|National Melanoma Support Line – 1300 884 450
|Melanoma Institute Australia
|WeCan – Cancer supportive care|
If detected early melanoma is the most treatable form of cancer. However, if it has spread to other parts the body you may need further treatment and regular surveillance.
A dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin diseases including skin cancers. Dermatologist are experts in early detection. Your dermatologist may perform a skin biopsy and if you require surgery this is when you will be referred to a skin cancer plastic surgeon. Dermatologists can perform basic skin cancer surgery, while plastic surgeons take on more advanced cases.
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.
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 subsidised by the government.
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 provide 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 involved.
If you have been diagnosed with a skin 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 for a list of our specialists.
At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with skin 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 skin 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.