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Medical Oncology

at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Our Medical Oncology team provides a comprehensive range of services to care for people affected by cancer and to look after the needs of their families and carers.

We work in partnership with various teams including surgeons and radiation oncologists to provide the highest standard of care. We have a number of outpatient clinics, an inpatient ward, as well as 'day only' areas for people coming to hospital for day therapy (e.g. chemotherapy).

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a collective term used to describe drugs that are toxic to cells, and can assist with reducing or eliminating cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is used with the intention of:

curing or slowing the progress of cancer
helping to reduce painful or unwanted side effects
increase the effectiveness of other therapies such as radiation.

The type of chemotherapy recommended to you will depend upon the:

  • type of tumour/cancer
  • size of tumour
  • location of tumour
  • spread of tumour.

Chemotherapy may be given in many forms, including:

  • as a tablet or capsule
  • intravenously into a vein or artery
  • injected into the abdomen
  • injected into the central nervous system (Lumbar puncture).

If you are having chemotherapy, you will have access to a range of expert health professionals including doctors, nurses, care co-ordinators, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. These staff can answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Last updated 21 May 2017
Last reviewed 16 March 2015