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Medical Oncology

In the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre we treat and care for patients with a wide range of cancers. Our team of specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals work together to provide high quality care for our patients. We offer chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone therapy. All treatments are designed for each individual patient. Our department is active in cancer research and work continually to improve patient outcomes. We conduct various clinical trials to improve cancer treatment.

 

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. The majority of chemotherapy we given into the vein (intravenously). Chemotherapy is usually given while you sit in a chair in the Chemotherapy Day Unit. Some patients have chemotherapy as an inpatient in our oncology ward. Some chemotherapy can be given in tablet form, as a cream or by injections into different parts of the body. The form of chemotherapy used depends on the type of cancer you have and the drugs that are being used. Your treating team will discuss the best type of treatment with you. The team will review you throughout your treatment. They will assess how well you are tolerating the medications.

 

What is immunotherapy? 

In Immunotherapy, the body’s own immune system is used to attack and destroy cancer cells. It is a treatment that is only indicated for some cancer types. Your Doctor will talk to you about whether immunotherapy is suitable for you. Immunotherapy is given through the vein (intravenously). Immunotherapy is usually given while you sit in a chair in the Day treatment unit. Your team will review you throughout your treatment and they will assess how well you are tolerating the medications.