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Treatment centres

Overview

Treatment centres are hospitals and health services that provide cancer treatment. These centres are located throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Some treatment centres specialise in particular treatments or cancer types.

Your doctor will refer you to the closest centre that offers the treatment you need. In regional areas it may be necessary to travel to a larger regional or metropolitan hospital to receive the treatment you need.

Public or private hospital 

It is important understand the differences between having treatment in a public or private hospital.

Under Medicare, you are entitled to free treatment as a public patient in a public hospital, even if you have private health insurance. However, you can’t choose your doctor and you might have to wait for treatment.

If you choose to be treated privately you can choose your own doctor or health professional and won’t have to wait as long for treatment. Doctors, service providers and hospitals in the private sector can set their own fees. Private health insurance can help to cover some of these fees. Visit Cancer Care and Your Rights for more information.

If you are deciding whether to have treatment in a public or private hospital, speak with your GP and specialist. You can also call 13 11 20 to speak to our experienced cancer nurses who can provide information to help you make an informed decision.

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Questions to ask about this service

When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.

Am I eligible?

Do I need a referral?

How much will this cost me?

Is there a wait time?

Will I be treated as an inpatient or an outpatient?

 

Treatment in regional Victoria 

There are many excellent cancer centres in regional Victoria. However, for some people it may be necessary to travel to a larger regional or metropolitan centre for treatment. This can be because:

  • your local hospital does not offer the treatment you require
  • a particular type of specialist may not be available
  • there is a long wait to see a visiting oncologist
  • you wish to seek a second opinion.

If treatment for your cancer type is not available close to home and you must travel for treatment, you may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for travel. Accommodation costs may also be covered. Speak to your treatment team to find out more. 

Health professionals you might see

When you visit a service there are a range of health professionals you may see. There could also be other health professionals you see at this service that are not included below.

Cancer care coordinator

Clinical trials coordinator

Counsellor

Dietitian

Exercise physiologist

General Practitioner (GP) or family doctor

Genetic counsellor

Medical oncologist or oncologist

Nurse

Occupational therapist

Pain medicine specialist

Palliative care team

Psychiatrist

Radiation oncologist

Radiation therapist

Social worker

Speech pathologist

Surgeon

 

Planning your visit

There are a number of things you should think about ahead of attending appointments at your treatment centre:

  • Prepare a list of questions and place them in order of priority. If someone is coming with you to the appointment discuss these questions together, as they might have different questions. If you need assistance in coming up with questions, speak with one of our cancer nurses on 13 11 20.
  • Find out where you can park and how much they charge. Have spare coins in case you need to use meters. Speak with your treatment team to find out if there are concessions available.
  • If English is not your first language ask for an interpreter to be present. Contact the hospital prior to your appointment.
  • If possible, bring someone with you for support. Take someone who can support you but will not dominate the appointment.
  • Bring any paperwork you might need, like referral letters, prescriptions and test results.
  • You may spend time waiting or your treatment may take time; bring things to keep you occupied i.e. books, magazines, phone, craft. Bring a bottle of water and a healthy snack.
  • Connect with your treatment team to find out what support is available to you.
  • Ask your doctor what you should bring to your treatment/hospital stay.
  • Find out what the visiting hours are, and let your family and friends know.
  • Call 13 11 20 to speak to one of our cancer nurses for information and support about attending appointments.

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The inclusion of a service in this directory does not imply any endorsement of or association with that service by Cancer Council Victoria. It should not be considered exhaustive or taken as specific advice.

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