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Tumour stream lead 

​​​Dr Helen Wheeler - ​Head of Department - Medical Oncology​

​What is neuro-oncology?

Neuro-oncology is a specialised field focusing on primary cancers of the brain.

Our service​


The neuro-oncology (brain) team at the NSCC manages all types and grades of brain cancer from diagnosis, treatment and supportive care, including assessment of symptoms and side effects in patients 17 years and older.

Patient cases are discussed at a multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) to ensure the best possible treatment recommendation is made. Our multidisciplinary team includes neuro-radiologists, nuclear medicine, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, anatomical pathologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals all working together to provide care to patients with primary brain cancers.

Supportive care services include nutrition, social work and psychology


Multidisciplinar​y team (MDT) and clinics

MDTs occur weekly on Wednesdays
Clinics occur Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays across Royal North Shore Hosptial and the Northern Specialist Centre


  • Brain cancer
  • Spinal tumours
  • Brain stem gliomas
  • Glioblastoma
  • Gliomas
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Oligodenrogliomas
  • Skull base tumours

Brain cancer experts​​​​​


Dr Raymond Cook                     
Dr Jonathon Parkinson         
Dr Nicholas Little                                                                            
Dr Nazih Assaad
Dr Keryn Davidson                                                                                                          
Dr James Laban                                                                                                              
Dr Jonathan Curtis

 Radiation oncologists

A/Prof Michael Back 
Dr Dasantha Jayamanne

 Medical oncologists

Dr Helen Wheeler 
Dr Adrian Lee

 Neuro radiologists

Dr David Brazier 
Dr Jamie Drummond
Dr Allison Newey​

 Nuclear medicine physicians

Dr Edward Hsiao
Dr Geoffrey Schembri

 Neuro-oncology cancer nurse coordinator

CNC Marina Kastelan (Monday-Friday)​

​​Cancer nurse coordinators​​​​​

  • Marina Kastelan, Neuro Oncology Cancer Nurse and Nurse Practitioner (Monday-Friday)

    I have over 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse with a Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner. I coordinate the management of newly diagnosed patients with a primary brain tumours, educating and supporting patients and their families throughout their treatment. I work alongside the multidisciplinary team.

    As a member of the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology; Brain Tumour Alliance Australia & The Brain Cancer Group I facilitate educational webinars for staff and patients and lecture for post graduate Neurosciences course at the University of Technology


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)
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