Treating cancer begins with diagnosis and continues during and long after treatment. Cancer Care Associates provides care and guidance to help you have the best possible quality of life, no matter where you are on the cancer journey.
There are several important items to bring on your first visit. To ensure that your medical team obtains all the necessary background information to correctly treat you, please bring:
Also, to ensure you receive all the benefits available to you, please bring:
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Mobile phones can interfere with electronic medical equipment, so we ask that you consult with staff prior to using them within the centre.
We encourage you to leave anything of value at home, particularly valuable jewellery, as we are unable to accept responsibility for the loss of valuables or money.
Cancer Care Partners clinics and their surrounds are a smoke-free environment. We ask all our patients and visitors to respect this policy within the Centre’s environs.
Many cancer treatments come with side effects. Below are some strategies to deal with these symptoms so that you can concentrate on fighting cancer:
Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by cancer patients. Fatigue is treatable; however, most patients do not report symptoms to their doctor in the belief that it may not be “important.” Cancer-related fatigue can have a serious impact on quality of life, as well as physical symptoms.
Just having cancer can cause fatigue. Other causes include:
Coping with fatigue can include:
About one-third of patients being treated for cancer experience pain, which can take many forms. It may be short-lived or long-lasting, mild or severe, or affect one or a few organs, bones or organ systems. Since each patient’s pain is unique, cance pain management treatment plans must be tailored to address individual needs.
Causes of Cancer Pain can include:
Treating pain can include:
How pain medicine is taken:
Some cancer treatments can cause nauea (upset stomach), but there are medicines to prevent nausea and vomiting. Please talk to your doctor or nurse if you are experiencing nausea. You can either take medicines by mouth or intravenously (through a vein) when you have chemotherapy.
At Cancer Care Associates, help is always available. We understand a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment can be an extremely stressful experience. With the support of local health care professionals, we can resolve any problems, provide if required patient advocacy and make sure your experience is the best it can be.
The Cancer Care Coordinator is an experienced Nurse who has an understanding of cancer diagnosis and services available to assist and support you and your family throughout your cancer journey. The Cancer Care Coordinator acts as a patient advocate, coordinating care for people with cancer, providing information, support and referral services.
People effected by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer often find this to be a trying time. A cancer diagnosis can bring a range of concerns for individuals and families. Would you like support during your cancer journey? A free and confidential service is available for those living with cancer and their families.
The Breast Nurse is a specially trained nurse who acts as a patient advocate, coordinating care for women with breast cancer, their families and carers. In doing so they work to ensure physical, psychological and basic support needs are met. We thank the McGrath Foundation for the ongoing support for this vital position.
Qualified Dieticians are available to help support patients during treatment. Many people can follow a normal diet and maintain their usual weight throughout cancer treatment. However, if you’re having symptoms and side effects due to cancer or its treatment, this may make it difficult to eat well. A qualified Dietician can help support you through treatment and learn more about food and nutrition to help manage treatment side effects.
As treatment length and nature varies greatly between patients, costs of treatment also differ. If you would like information on the fees associated with the treatment you are to receive, please contact us or speak with one of the care team.
Radiation Therapy is generally an outpatient procedure, whereas Chemotherapy is frequently an inpatient procedure, therefore there are large differences between the billing methods used for these two forms of treatment. These rules are laid down by the government and health funds and are what determines your eligibility for coverage and the level of financial assistance available to you.