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What is endocrine cancer?

Endocrine cancers form in glands or in cells that produce hormones. This includes the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary glands and other neuroendocrine sites. 

Our service​


The team at RNSH provides state-of-the-art care for thyroid cancer, parathyroid disease and complex adrenal problems. The group includes national and international leaders in surgery, endocrinology,  anatomical pathology and genetics working in a coordinated fashion to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes for their condition. Endocrine surgeons, endocrinologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and will be discussed in a multidisciplinary team along with pathologist, radiologist, Nuclear Medicine physician and cancer Nurse co-ordinator (Thyroid).

The service coordinates treatments between the Departments of Endocrine Surgery, Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology.

Supportive care services include nutrition, social work and psychology.


Multidisciplinar​y team (MDT) and clinics

  • MDs occur on Thursdays fortnightly
  • Clinics run fortnightly on Thursdays after the MDT for surgeons and endocrinologists


  • Papillary and follicular thyroid cancer
  • Differentiated thyroid cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Hurthle cell carcinoma
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia 
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Adrenal cortical carcinoma
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Conns syndrome
  • Paraganglioma
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome​

​Endocrine cancer experts​​

 Endocrine surgeons

A/Prof Mark Sywak
Prof Stan Sidhu 
Prof Leigh Delbridge
Dr Anthony Glover 
Dr Alex Papachristos 


Prof Rory Clifton-Bligh
Dr Matti Gild
Prof Diana Learoyd
Prof Bruce Robinson
Dr Amanda Seabrook
​Dr Lyndal Tacon
Dr Venessa Tsang
Dr Eleanor White
Dr Natalie Yap
Dr Jeremy Hoang

 Medical oncologists

​A/Prof Alex Guminski

 Radiation oncologist

​Prof Tom Eade​


Prof Anthony Gill
Dr Mahsa Ahadi 
Dr Angela Chou
Dr Julie Paik
Dr John Turchini


Dr Louise Wong

 Nuclear medicine

Dr Ed Hsiao
Dr Jeremy Hoang
Dr Geoff Schembri

 Thyroid cancer nurse coordinator

CNC Paula Macleod

​Cancer nurse coordinators​​

  • Paula Macleod, Cancer Nurse Coordinator

    I have over 30 years' experience as a registered nurse and cancer nurse coordinator since 2010, with a Master in Cancer Nursing, Foundation in Clinical Leadership. I'm trained as a clinical supervisor and am an active participant in speciality nursing groups promoting the role of the radiation oncology nurse.

    I coordinate the care of patients with thyroid cancer as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary cancer team. I am passionate about providing a high standard of care to patients and ensuring best outcomes through research.


ChevronAustralian Thyroid Foundation (ATF)​
ChevronAustralian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons (ANZES)​
ChevronDepartments of endocrine surgery, endocrinology, nuclear Medicine, radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Questions to ask your doctor​​

When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.

These can help you be more involved in your care.

Useful links​

ChevronFor information on cancers, support and services:External LinkCancer Council NSW
ChevronFor information on cancer treatments and patient information sheets:External LinkeviQ (Cancer Treatment Online)
ChevronAustralian Thyroid Foundation:External​​
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