Patient Care

The National Centre for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) can offer you a consultation with a team specialising in post-cancer care to help you work through the challenges you may be facing after cancer treatment.

 

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Your visit will be divided into two parts. The first part of the assessment comprises a series of questionnaires about your symptoms and your level of function - these will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. We are currently working towards an online system whereby these questionnaires can be completed by you before your visit.

Completion of the questionnaires is followed by a consultation with a doctor specialising in cancer survivorship. This consultation will take about 45-60 minutes. During this consultation, we will work with you to identify the main issues affecting you now and any that you may be at risk of in the future. If significant issues are identified we will make some recommendations to help you. Together we will develop an individualised Cancer Treatment Summary and Survivorship Plan to provide you with a record of your cancer and the treatment you had, plus our recommendations for optimising your future health.

After your visit, a copy of the Survivorship Plan will be sent to you and to any health care professionals you nominate. Your referring doctor will also be sent a letter which will summarise the issues we discuss during your visit.  

The National Centre for Cancer Survivorship Clinic

Consultations with survivors like you take place at the UNSW NCCS Clinic located at 32 Botany Street, Randwck. 

Lifestyle therapies such as exercise have multiple benefits for people affected by cancer. When prescribing exercise therapies however, the impact of specific types of cancer and treatment, as well as after-effects need to be carefully considered.

Our unique services are provided by exercise physiologists (EPs), combining the best expertise and advice, information and motivational strategies to ensure you achieve the best outcomes with the highest level of care. We can design home-based exercise programs, or you can exercise in our fully-equipped Strength Clinic under the supervision of our EPs.

We treat people at different stages of the cancer experience, namely:

  • After treatment (cancer recovery)
     
  • During treatment (adjuvant therapy)
     
  • Advanced cancer

Cost

Our services are all Medicare refunded and participation in research studies will be at no cost to you. Please notify our staff if you are not eligible for Medicare.

Interpreter Service

A free interpreter service is available upon request.

Sometimes, as a survivor, it is hard to know where to turn for help with these issues, and many struggle alone as they attempt to return to ‘life as usual’ after cancer. Please remember the NCCS is here to help.

To make an appointment please call 02 9385 1390 or email cancersurvivors@unsw.edu.au.

Testimonials

"At first a felt a bit funny about talking to a lady about my problems after my cancer treatment, but my doctor is really nice and really understanding.  Plus she is an oncologist so she understands all the medical stuff that goes along with cancer treatment so I didn't have to explain things to her the way I did to my GP.  I felt like she really understood where I was coming from and gave me some good strategies to help with my issues.  And she wrote a care plan and sent a copy to my GP as well, so hopefully now when I go to see him he will feel like he is better able to treat me."

Anthony, prostate cancer survivor
"At 26 I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer... having survived this (thanks to a great medical team), I ‘floundered’ for many years with the resulting impact of early menopause, fertility issues and general fatigue. Even worse, I felt extreme guilt that I should be able to overcome these issues easily as I survived when others didn’t, I really didn’t have the right to ever complain again. This impacted directly on my confidence, self esteem and identity. ……I am now 46, have 2 children, a partner, a career and a good life.  However, the struggle I had undergone, in pretty much isolation, has been hard.  Even friends and family who were great during treatment felt I should ‘just move on’.  The establishment of this centre is a great comfort as it shows there is now a greater awareness of cancer survivor issues to hopefully ensure better long term support for people who have had cancer."

Melinda, ovarian cancer survivor 
"I am aware of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship and support them in their mission to find new and better ways to care for cancer survivors through research. With the high number of Australians now surviving cancer or living with ongoing cancer for many years, we need to better understand the health issues confronting this group and develop interventions to address their unique and often complex needs. As someone who has worked in the medical oncology setting for 20 years, I believe the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship is leading the way in this work."

Dr Elizabeth Hovey, MB BS FRACP MSC - Medical Oncologist, SESIAHS & UNSW, Prince of Wales Hospital
"As Director of the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of NSW, I have watched the development of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship over the last few years. I strongly support the opportunity the Centre provides to bring together research focusing on survivors of childhood cancer with that focusing on adult survivors. In both areas it is clear that there are many unresolved challenges in understanding the health care needs of cancer survivors, and developing best practice interventions for both prevention and treatment of those problems. I believe wholeheartedly that the work that being undertaken through the Centre will benefit both kids and adult survivors people for many years to come."

Professor Glenn Marshall, AM, MB, BS, FRACP, MD Paediatric Haematologist & Oncologist, Director, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital