Skin Cancer and Melanoma Service

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.

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 is open 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

Why choose Cabrini for your skin cancer care?

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:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma (malignant -less common, and non-malignant - more common and unlikely to spread)

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 skin cancer specialists

Dermatologists

Plastic surgeons

Medical oncologists

Radiation oncologists

Skin cancer services offered

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:

  • Chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted treatments through the new day oncology 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
  • 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
  • On site radiotherapy with GenesisCare Radiation Oncology
  • Pastoral Services
  • Dietetics/nutrition, physiotherapy and exercise physiology
  • Surgery

Useful resources

Commonly asked questions

  • What is the most common type of skin cancer?

     

    • The most common type of skin cancer is the Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), however this is the least serious type.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) the second most common type of skin cancer and more concerning than BCC.
    • Melanoma is the least common but the most serious type of skin cancer.

     

  • When a melanoma is surgically removed, is it gone?

    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.

  • What is the difference between a dermatologist and a skin cancer plastic surgeon?

    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.

  • How important is food and exercise during treatment?

    Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise when undergoing cancer treatment has proven benefits, including increasing your chance of survival. Other benefits can include improving your quality of life, a reduced risk of cancer recurrence and extending your life. 

    However, it can be difficult to know what to eat and how much exercise you should be doing.

    At Cabrini, we offer cancer patients nutrition and exercise advice backed by science, which is tailored to your individual needs.

    Our dietitians offer nutritional support during cancer treatment to help you with weight management and making the correct meal choices. We also have a team of exercise physiologists to support you in keeping physically active. The cancer journey can take a heavy physical and mental toll, 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 like fatigue and depression. 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, visit our Allied Health Centre page or call Cabrini ACCESS on (03) 9508 1700. 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, 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.

  • 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 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.