At Cabrini we are experts at treating cancers affecting the digestive system including pancreas, stomach, small intestine, oesophagus, liver, gall bladder and small bowel. We offer comprehensive and coordinated care to patients. We understand that every cancer case is different and requires a unique approach based on your individual circumstances.
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At Cabrini we offer a coordinated and comprehensive cancer care plan for our patients. Our team understands every cancer case is different and requires a unique approach based on your individual circumstances. Cabrini’s upper gastrointestinal (GI), hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer specialists are at the forefront of the latest medical treatments, clinical trials and advancements in surgical techniques.
Our specialists aim to triage new patients within hours of an urgent referral and within a week of non-urgent referrals. We ensure all patients receive prompt treatment and rapid access to experts and services. We provide access to all diagnostic services required for the accurate investigation and staging of your cancer. This includes a full range of pathology and medical imaging services all in one convenient location.
Our specialists treat all types of upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cancers affecting the digestive system including:
These cancers occur when cells in the tissue of these organs start to abnormally grow. They can start to impact and spread to other parts of the body.
Once diagnosed, the most important factor to consider is that accurate investigations and staging of these cancers is crucial. These investigations ensure the most appropriate management of care is planned, with you at the centre of your care.
Most of these cancers are treated by several modalities, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, or a combination of these. There are other radiological treatments available depending on the diagnosis. Because of the complexities, all new cases are discussed at our fortnightly team meetings, in order to achieve the best patient outcomes.
We believe a coordinated approach to care will provide the best outcome for our patients. For this reason, our team of experienced specialists, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and other health professionals work as a team to review and discuss new cases to determine the best treatment plan for each patient.
|Upper GI surgeons
(oesophageal & stomach cancers)
(liver, bile duct & pancreatic cancers)
|Cabrini Resources||External Resources|
|Cabrini Clinical Trials||Cancer Council Australia – General information
|GenesisCare Radiation Oncology||Cancer Council Victoria – Support
|Cancer Council Victoria - Pancreatic cancer
|Cancer Council Victoria – Stomach and Oesophageal cancer
|GI Cancer Institute
|Pancreatic and Upper GI Cancer Support
|WeCan – Cancer supportive care resources|
These cancers are varied in type, in which organ they came from, have different risk factors, and different treatments and outlooks. They are primarily
named by the organ where they initially developed. Once the diagnosis is made, the next step is to determine the extent of the disease (how big is it,
if it has spread locally, to local nodes, to other organs), and whether it is removable surgically. These scans are usually CT scans, and often MRI scans and
PET scans are used. Sometimes minor surgery with laparoscopy, CT or endoscopic ultrasound guided biopsy is required for diagnosis and staging.
Occasionally the diagnosis is only made after surgery to remove a suspicious lump found on x-rays/scans.
All these scans, staging and treatment modalities are available at Cabrini Health.
Most of these cancers occur randomly, and many patients have no risk factors. The risk of developing some cancers is increased by smoking, being obese, and excess alcohol consumption.
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 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 an upper gastrointestinal (GI) 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 upper gastrointestinal 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 an upper gastrointestinal 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.