Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic

Services

 

Our team of medical professionals work closely with other health professionals to provide a team-based approach to your care.  Whilst undergoing treatment, trained and experienced staff will be caring for you, and are available to answer your questions.

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Consultation

 
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Before starting any treatment at Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic, your GP or specialist will refer you to one of our Oncologists or Haematologists.

Oncologist

An oncologist is a doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  You may be referred to an oncologist if you have been diagnosed with cancer or your GP or specialist suspects you may have cancer.

Our Oncologists at Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic:

Referrals to these doctors can be made through medical objects, fax or email. 

Haematologist

A haematologist is a medical professional who specialises in diagnosing, treating and managing diseases of the blood and blood-producing organs. You may be referred to a haematologist if there has been an abnormality detected in your blood.

Our Haematologist at Our Clinic:

Referral to these doctors can be made through medical objects, fax or email. 

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Consultation

 

Before starting any treatment at Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic, your GP or specialist will refer you to one of our Oncologists or Haematologists.

Oncologist

An oncologist is a doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  You may be referred to an oncologist if you have been diagnosed with cancer or your GP or specialist suspects you may have cancer.

Our Oncologists at Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic:

Referrals to these doctors can be made through medical objects, fax or email. 

Haematologist

A haematologist is a medical professional who specialises in diagnosing, treating and managing diseases of the blood and blood-producing organs. You may be referred to a haematologist if there has been an abnormality detected in your blood.

Our Haematologist at Our Clinic:

Referral to these doctors can be made through medical objects, fax or email. 

ChemotherapyEducation

ChemotherapyEducation

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If your Oncologist or Haematologist has recommended you to commence on chemotherapy or another form of treatment, it is normal to feel worried, anxious and/or overwhelmed.  

At Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic we believe that knowing what to expect is important. We know that understanding your disease and treatment helps to reduce stress and anxiety. We also know that chemotherapy is an individual experience.  With this in mind, we offer you an individual patient education session to explain what treatment your doctor has recommended, how the treatment works, how your treatment will be given, possible side effects and ways to manage these side effects.

Ideally we would like to arrange this education session before you start your treatment to allow you time to process the information.  If it’s not possible to schedule an information session prior to starting your treatment, we will still provide you with this information during your treatment. 

We encourage you to bring a family member or support person to both the education session and treatment appointments.

Chemotherapy

Education

 

If your Oncologist or Haematologist has recommended you to commence on chemotherapy or another form of treatment, it is normal to feel worried, anxious and/or overwhelmed.  

At Sunshine Coast Haemotology and Oncology Clinic we believe that knowing what to expect is important. We know that understanding your disease and treatment helps to reduce stress and anxiety. We also know that chemotherapy is an individual experience.  With this in mind, we offer you an individual patient education session to explain what treatment your doctor has recommended, how the treatment works, how your treatment will be given, possible side effects and ways to manage these side effects.

Ideally we would like to arrange this education session before you start your treatment to allow you time to process the information.  If it’s not possible to schedule an information session prior to starting your treatment, we will still provide you with this information during your treatment. 

We encourage you to bring a family member or support person to both the education session and treatment appointments.

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Treatment

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There are many types of treatments used to care for patients with cancer, blood disorders or chronic medical conditions. Some conditions involve a combination of therapies to provide the most effective treatment and there is often individual variances. Below is an overview of treatments offered at our day hospital.

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There are many types of treatments used to care for patients with cancer, blood disorders or chronic medical conditions. Some conditions involve a combination of therapies to provide the most effective treatment and there is often individual variances. Below is an overview of treatments offered at our day hospital.

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Treatment

 

There are many types of treatments used to care for patients with cancer, blood disorders or chronic medical conditions. Some conditions involve a combination of therapies to provide the most effective treatment and there is often individual variances. Below is an overview of treatments offered at our day hospital.

DayHospital

There are various approaches to treating cancer and blood conditions, many of which involve combinations of therapies to provide the most effective treatment. Below is an overview of services offered within our onsite day hospital facility:

DayHospital

There are various approaches to treating cancer and blood conditions, many of which involve combinations of therapies to provide the most effective treatment. Below is an overview of services offered within our onsite day hospital facility:

Common ways to have chemotherapy are:

  • Oral – through the mouth as tablets, capsules or liquid medicine
  • Intravenous or IV- straight into the blood stream through a drip or pump
  • Subcutaneously- by injection under the skin.

There are many different chemotherapy treatments. These are sometimes called chemotherapy protocols or chemotherapy regimes.

Your Doctor will select your treatment based on the type and stage of cancer you have

EVIQ – For chemotherapy specific to your diagnosis go to:

Immunotherapy (sometimes called biological therapy) is a treatment that uses certain parts of a persons immune system to fight cancer

There are different kinds of immunotherapy and they work in different ways

Immunotherapy can boost the immune system to work better against cancer or remove barriers to the immune system attacking cancer

Immunotherapy can be given in a number of different ways, including:

  • Orally, as pills (tablets or capsules) or liquid
  • Intravenously or IV – straight into the blood stream

Click to watchHow Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment Works (YouTube)

Targeted therapy targets specific molecules in the cancer cells that control how these cells grow and multiply

There are several types of targeted therapy that act in different ways, including:

  • Blocking the chemical that tells a cell to grow
  • Stopping blood flow to the cancer
  • Changing the way cancer cells work causing them to die
  • Delivering toxins directly to the cancer cells

Targeted therapy may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy

Click to seeMacMillan Targeted Therapy video (YouTube)

Click to read more aboutTargeted Therapy QLD Cancer Council

Transfusions may be required if you are very low in key components of blood. There are many medical conditions or problems that can results in low or poorly functioning
components in your blood

Types of transfusions done at our clinics:

  • Red blood cells –Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia). Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body
  • Platelets –Platelets may be required if you have a low platelet count (thrombocytopaenia)
  • IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) –IVIG is an infusion used to treat patients with inherited or acquired immune deficiencies

See more at –www.mytransfusion.com.au

Why am I having an Iron Infusion?

You have been advised to have an Iron Infusion because you have been found to have low levels of iron in your body and your doctor believes that Ferinject (ferric carboxymaltose) is an appropriate treatment for you

Iron is an essential element required for the oxygen-carrying capacity of haemaglobin in red blood cells and muscle tissue

Iron is also involved in many other functions necessary for maintenance of life in the human body

If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough health oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells due to iron deficiency is known as iron deficiency anaemia

Iron replacement therapy is used to replenish your body’s iron stores and treat iron deficiency anaemia

 

FAQ’s

WHAT IS FERINJECT?

Ferinject is an intravenous iron replacement treatment for patients who have low levels of iron in their body. Ferinject in not a blood product.

HOW DOES FERINJECT WORK?

Ferinject containes iron in the form of many tiny particles of iron with sugar coating. This means that the iron is released steadily and is taken up by appropriate storage sites and used in your body. Iron is required by the red cells in your body to make haemaglobin. Haemaglobin is required to help carry oxygen and provide it to tissues in your body.

HOW IS FERINJECT GIVEN?

Intravenous iron is injected into a vein in your arm through a cannula or needle. Ferinject is infused over approximately 15minutes.

WHAT POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MIGHT YOU EXPERIENCE?

As with all medicines, Ferinject can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Your doctor will discuss possible side effects with you and we will monitor how you are feeling while your treatment is being given.

There is more information on possible side effects in the Ferinject CMI, please ask your health care professional for a copy.

WHEN WILL I FEEL BETTER?

The time taken for your haemaglobin levels to improve is different for everyone. It will depend on how iron deficient and anaemic you are and how efficient your bone marrow is at making new red blood cells.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

For the majority of patients with private health insurance there will only be an excess payable, unless they have had a hospital admission this calendar year, in which case the service will be at no charge. We also offer very competitive rates for self-insured patients.

Our clinics also offer FREE ONSITE PARKING for our patients for the entirety of their treatment.

We will also offer you food and beverages to enjoy during your appointment.

HOW DO I ORGANISE MY INFUSION?

Your doctor will need to send a referral to one of our Haematologists. Upon receiving your referral, our friendly administration team will contact you to arrange a date and time that suits you. You can also contact our clinic for more information or to schedule your infusion.

Transfusions may be required if you are very low in key components of blood. There are many medical conditions or problems that can results in low or poorly functioning
components in your blood

Types of Transfusions done here at Westside Haematology and Oncology Clinic

Types of Transfusions done here at Westside Haematology and Oncology Clinic

  • Red blood cells – Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia). Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body
  • Platelets – Platelets may be required if you have a low platelet count (thrombocytopaenia)
  • IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) – IVIG is an infusion used to treat patients with inherited or acquired immune deficiencies

For more information go to –www.mytransfusion.com.au

Common ways to have chemotherapy are:

  • Oral – through the mouth as tablets, capsules or liquid medicine
  • Intravenous or IV- straight into the blood stream through a drip or pump
  • Subcutaneously- by injection under the skin.

There are many different chemotherapy treatments. These are sometimes called chemotherapy protocols or chemotherapy regimes.

Your Doctor will select your treatment based on the type and stage of cancer you have

EVIQ – For chemotherapy specific to your diagnosis go to:

Immunotherapy (sometimes called biological therapy) is a treatment that uses certain parts of a persons immune system to fight cancer

There are different kinds of immunotherapy and they work in different ways

Immunotherapy can boost the immune system to work better against cancer or remove barriers to the immune system attacking cancer

Immunotherapy can be given in a number of different ways, including:

  • Orally, as pills (tablets or capsules) or liquid
  • Intravenously or IV – straight into the blood stream

Click to watchHow Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment Works (YouTube)

Targeted therapy targets specific molecules in the cancer cells that control how these cells grow and multiply

There are several types of targeted therapy that act in different ways, including:

  • Blocking the chemical that tells a cell to grow
  • Stopping blood flow to the cancer
  • Changing the way cancer cells work causing them to die
  • Delivering toxins directly to the cancer cells

Targeted therapy may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy

Click to seeMacMillan Targeted Therapy video (YouTube)

Click to read more aboutTargeted Therapy QLD Cancer Council

Transfusions may be required if you are very low in key components of blood. There are many medical conditions or problems that can results in low or poorly functioning
components in your blood

Types of transfusions done at our clinics:

  • Red blood cells –Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia). Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body
  • Platelets –Platelets may be required if you have a low platelet count (thrombocytopaenia)
  • IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) –IVIG is an infusion used to treat patients with inherited or acquired immune deficiencies

See more at –www.mytransfusion.com.au

Why am I having an Iron Infusion?

You have been advised to have an Iron Infusion because you have been found to have low levels of iron in your body and your doctor believes that Ferinject (ferric carboxymaltose) is an appropriate treatment for you

Iron is an essential element required for the oxygen-carrying capacity of haemaglobin in red blood cells and muscle tissue

Iron is also involved in many other functions necessary for maintenance of life in the human body

If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough health oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells due to iron deficiency is known as iron deficiency anaemia

Iron replacement therapy is used to replenish your body’s iron stores and treat iron deficiency anaemia

 

FAQ’s

WHAT IS FERINJECT?

Ferinject is an intravenous iron replacement treatment for patients who have low levels of iron in their body. Ferinject in not a blood product.

HOW DOES FERINJECT WORK?

Ferinject containes iron in the form of many tiny particles of iron with sugar coating. This means that the iron is released steadily and is taken up by appropriate storage sites and used in your body. Iron is required by the red cells in your body to make haemaglobin. Haemaglobin is required to help carry oxygen and provide it to tissues in your body.

HOW IS FERINJECT GIVEN?

Intravenous iron is injected into a vein in your arm through a cannula or needle. Ferinject is infused over approximately 15minutes.

WHAT POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MIGHT YOU EXPERIENCE?

As with all medicines, Ferinject can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Your doctor will discuss possible side effects with you and we will monitor how you are feeling while your treatment is being given.

There is more information on possible side effects in the Ferinject CMI, please ask your health care professional for a copy.

WHEN WILL I FEEL BETTER?

The time taken for your haemaglobin levels to improve is different for everyone. It will depend on how iron deficient and anaemic you are and how efficient your bone marrow is at making new red blood cells.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

For the majority of patients with private health insurance there will only be an excess payable, unless they have had a hospital admission this calendar year, in which case the service will be at no charge. We also offer very competitive rates for self-insured patients.

Our clinics also offer FREE ONSITE PARKING for our patients for the entirety of their treatment.

We will also offer you food and beverages to enjoy during your appointment.

HOW DO I ORGANISE MY INFUSION?

Your doctor will need to send a referral to one of our Haematologists. Upon receiving your referral, our friendly administration team will contact you to arrange a date and time that suits you. You can also contact our clinic for more information or to schedule your infusion.

Transfusions may be required if you are very low in key components of blood. There are many medical conditions or problems that can results in low or poorly functioning
components in your blood

Types of Transfusions done here at Westside Haematology and Oncology Clinic

Types of Transfusions done here at Westside Haematology and Oncology Clinic

  • Red blood cells – Red cell transfusion may be required if you have a low haemoglobin or red cell count (anaemia). Red cells carry oxygen needed by all cells in your body
  • Platelets – Platelets may be required if you have a low platelet count (thrombocytopaenia)
  • IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) – IVIG is an infusion used to treat patients with inherited or acquired immune deficiencies

For more information go to –www.mytransfusion.com.au

 

Allied Health

As part of our holistic care approach, we offer a number of Allied Health services, including Exercise Physiology, Oncology Massage Therapy, Dietetics and Clinical Psychology. Our allied health services are available to anyone in the community, so please contact our friendly reception team to find out more on 07 5479 0000.

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We are proud to host a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, who is available to all members of the community. For more information please contact Cathy Apelt on 0419 941 249. 

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are safe, ethical medical research studies that aim to find a better way to manage particular diseases. In partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, we are working with our communities to advance healthcare outcomes and improve access to cutting-edge medicine.

For further information on clinical trials,
please go to 
https://www.usc.edu.au/community/usc-clinical-trials