Cancer Medicine - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
|Under the auspices of the Division of Haematology and Medical Oncology, our unit is involved in the coordination and management of clinical trials, providing a key service to both internal and external bodies. With a focus on Ph I, II & III trials and the provision of ongoing education and support to clinician investigators and trial participants and their carers we are the largest single oncology clinical trials unit in Victoria. With more than 180 active clinical trials currently underway, growth of our unit has been rapid.|
|The Department of Medical Oncology runs a large clinical research program that includes clinical trials of cancer therapeutics from early phase trials (with a focus on targeted therapies) to definitive phase III trials, studies exploring the clinical relevance of new biologic findings, supportive care research including survivorship and psycho-social interventions, adolescent and young adult oncology research and familial cancer research including risk management and chemoprevention.|
Patients are seen as hospital inpatients, in the outpatient clinics and in the chemotherapy day unit(CDU). There is significant contact with patients by telephone and involvement with the Hospital in the Home service and with community palliative care services. Staff of the Medical Oncology Department at Peter Mac all work in multidisciplinary teams – regarded as a best practice model. Staff are committed to evidence-based practice and all staff members are committed to clinical research and improving treatments for patients. The Department is also committed to ensuring that patients receive optimal supportive care (including psychosocial care).
Pain and Palliative Care department provides specialist pain management and palliative care expertise for all patients at Peter Mac. The multidisciplinary staff include medical and nursing consultants, pharmacist, research staff, and data manager.
Patients may be seen as direct referrals from outside practitioners or following referral from other doctors within Peter Mac – in inpatient or outpatient settings. Many patients receive chemotherapy (and other treatments) in the chemotherapy day unit.