Riverina
Cancer Care

Centre Details.

31 Meurant Ave
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 Australia

(02) 6932 1000

(02) 6925 4848

Monday to Friday - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Located on the grounds of Calvary Hospital, the Riverina Cancer Care Centre is a hub for innovative science within a state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer treatment facility.
We provide high-quality Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy treatment in a modern and comfortable environment.
Riverina Cancer Care
31 Meurant Ave
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Australia

How to get here.

Plenty of free onsite parking, drop off facilities at the door, wheel chair available at door if required, call reception if you need one.

Parking is available at no cost on the grounds of Calvary Hospital off Meurant Ave. Disabled parking is as per marked areas closely located to the front reception area.

There is also a “Drop off or Pick up” area immediately outside the front entrance to the Riverina Cancer Care Centre. Should a wheelchair be required these are available from the reception of the Riverina Cancer Care Centre.

Our services.

The Centre has been established to offer patients in the Riverina & Beyond excellence in cancer care whilst eliminating the need to travel long distances. This allows patients in the region to receive the best possible cancer treatment available whilst remaining close to their home, family and friends. The Riverina Cancer Care Centre not only makes Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy services accessible but also acts as a catalyst to improve medical services in the region, particularly Oncology, Neuro-surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and ENT.

Radiation Oncology Consulting
Radiation Oncology Treatment
Medical Oncology Consulting
Medical Oncology Treatment
Clinical Trials
Pharmacy

Cancer Care Associates offers a comprehensive service. We offer onsite consultation where you will see your doctor and have your treatment all in the one location.  

Radiation Oncology Consulting

Cancer Care Griffith doctors cover all cancer types and bring global expertise.

Radiation Oncology Treatment

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of radiation to safely treat and manage cancer. Radiation oncologists use radiation to eradicate cancer cells, reduce their growth or relieve symptoms of cancer.

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is a technique where patients take a deep breath and hold it while the radiation treatment is delivered. This inflates the lungs and can move her heart away from the chest. This technique is used for certain breast cancer treatments. Please ask your Radiation Oncologist or contact us to see if this technique may be right for you.

IGRT uses X-rays and scans before, and during, your treatment. It’s used to verify your position and anatomy before the treatment machine is turned on.

  • The scans show the exact shape, size and location of the tumour. We can then make tiny adjustments to precisely target the treatment area
  • IGRT can target cancers that move during, or between, treatment sessions. For example, lung cancers that move as you breathe. Or prostate cancer that can move depending on whether your bowel is full or empty

IMRT is a form of ‘conformal’ radiation therapy. The radiation beams are shaped to surround the treatment area as they come out of the treatment machine, avoiding unnecessary radiation being delivered to surrounding tissue. IMRT is technically demanding and requires a high level of precision. For this reason, you will be asked to attend for a computed tomography (CT) scan in a particular position. The Radiation Therapists and Radiation Oncologists will determine if any additional equipment will be required in order for you to stay in the correct position. Developing the ideal plan for each patient can be a complex, time-consuming process. This means that you may be unable to start your radiation therapy treatment straight away after your CT scan appointment.

Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a type of IMRT. VMAT is very accurate and maximises radiation to the tumour. The surrounding healthy tissue receives a much lower dose, reducing the risk of side-effects.

  • VMAT delivers a continuous beam of radiation therapy in an arc that moves around the tumour. It automatically changes the beam shape and radiation dose as it moves
  • Treatment sessions with VMAT are usually short – around 10 minutes
  • VMAT can be used when the tumour is close to critical organs. It helps them avoid being damaged by radiation

Rather than aiming for cure,  focus is on giving you a better quality of life by controlling your symptoms.

Prostate spacers is an option for men having radiation therapy for prostate cancer. It’s a water-based soft gel implant that temporarily creates a small gap between the prostate and the rectum. This gap protects the rectum from radiation exposure during prostate radiation therapy, meaning fewer side-effects. We partner with local urologists for this service.

Radiation Therapy can be used as an alternative to or in conjunction with surgery to treat skin cancers. Contact us to see if this treatment may be right for you.

Breathing motion during radiation therapy can affect the targeting of the cancer. We offer Respiratory Motion Management for External Beam Radiation Therapy to detect and adapt delivery to optimise individual treatments.

SABR is an extremely advanced form of radiation therapy where a very focused area of radiation is delivered to a small area of the body. The dose of radiation delivered is much higher than that of conventional radiation therapy techniques. SABR treatment typically only involves between 1-5 sessions, meaning fewer visits. Treatment can take up to 1 hour per session. SABR can be used to treat different types of cancer and is sometimes used as an alternative to surgery. Please contact us to see if this treatment may be right for you.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery SRS is a non-surgical treatment option for some types of cancers on the brain. It delivers extremely high doses of precisely targeted radiation therapy to the tumour. Please contact us to see if this treatment may be right for you.

Medical Oncology Consulting

Our singular focus on cancer gives our doctors at Cancer Care Associates extensive experience in identifying what makes each person’s cancer unique. If we determine that chemotherapy is the best treatment choice for you, your care team will know which specific drugs will be most effective.

Your care team will take into consideration the type of cancer you have, where in the body it started, what the cancer cells look like under the microscope and whether they have spread. They can also suggest strategies to minimise or manage symptoms or adjust the drug or your dosage as necessary.

Medical Oncology Treatment

Traditional or standard chemotherapy works by disrupting the cell cycle. Each time a new cell forms it goes through a series of phases in order to become mature. Traditional chemotherapy drugs target the different phases of the cell cycle. By disrupting or stopping a particular phase, a cancerous cell can no longer mature and divide and ultimately dies.

Some cancers make use of your body’s own hormones to grow and multiply. These cancers are known as ‘hormone dependent’ cancers and include some types of breast, uterine and prostate cancers. Hormone therapy uses drugs to block the body’s own hormones, e.g. testosterone in men and oestrogen in women. By stopping or lowering the amount of hormones the tumour receives, the growth of the cancer can be slowed.

Your immune system is designed to protect your body from threats such as infections, toxins and abnormal cell development (cancer). Your immune system usually prevents cancers from occurring, but sometimes it is not strong enough to combat abnormal cell growth. Immunotherapy drugs boost or improve how your own body’s immune system works to fight cancer.

Targeted therapies do not work in the same way as traditional chemotherapy even though they are technically considered to be a form of chemotherapy. As the name suggests, targeted therapies work by finding a specific target on cancerous cells that they can attack or block to stop the cells from making new cancer cells. If your cancer type is known to have a target, it will be tested at the time of your biopsy or surgery to see if the target is present. Assuming it is, a targeted therapy may form part of your treatment plan. As these drugs have a targeted action to the cancer cell, the damage to normal cells is usually reduced, but this does not mean that targeted therapies are free of side-effects.

Clinical Trials

Many cancer treatments used today are the result of previous clinical trials. Trial participants may benefit from new treatments offered as part of a clinical trial.

Your specialist may discuss participation in a clinical trail as part of your treatment, either led by Cancer Care Associates Foundation or in partnership with other clinical trail groups.

To find out more about Clinical trails please click here.

Pharmacy

Cancer Care Associates have an experienced onsite pharmacist who works as part of the multi-disciplinary team who provides evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management and direct patient care for patients with cancer, including treatment assessment and monitoring for potential adverse drug reactions and interactions. They are onsite and work along side your specialist, nurse and extended care team and available to you!

The Riverina Cancer Care Centre has been made possible through the formation of several cooperative partnerships. The Riverina Cancer Care Centre has provided the equipment and staffing and is responsible for the running and ongoing maintenance of the centre. The Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary Hospital) has made available the land upon which the centre has been built and the Riverina Cancer Care Centre Community Trust has facilitated the community’s fundraising efforts to allow a centre of this magnitude and quality to be built and extensions such as the conference facilities to happen.

Cancer Care Riverina