Life after a diagnosis and treatment of cancer can bring physical and psychological challenges. The Parkville Integrated Haematology Service Long Term Follow Up and Survivorship Service helps people who have undergone curative treatment for blood cancers to remain as healthy as possible throughout their lives.
This includes survivors of childhood cancers who require long-term surveillance in order to improve their mental, physical and general wellbeing.
Our multidisciplinary team are experts in survivorship and will work with you and your medical team to create a plan for living well beyond cancer. The Long Term Follow Up and Survivorship Service works in conjunction with general practitioners to provide ongoing screening and surveillance of the possible long-term effects of cancer and its treatment.
We offer a general haematology long-term follow-up clinic (for people treated for blood cancers) and a post-allogeneic bone marrow transplant long-term follow-up clinic. Your primary haematologist can refer you to our service or you can contact us directly to discuss your individual situation.
At your appointment, we will review your medical records including past cancer diagnoses and treatment, current health status and general quality of life.
We’ll provide you with a comprehensive summary of recommendations that can serve as a useful guide to you medical team, outlining potential late effects and offering helpful medical information related your past treatment and future care.
Clinics are on a Thursday afternoon.
Even after your treatment for cancer has been completed it is important to monitor for long-term effects of treatment. Information about these effects can be used to assist in creating better treatments for patients of the future. As part of your review you will be asked to fill in a series of questionnaires about your current and past medical history, health behaviours and quality of life. We use this information to continually feedback and optimise patient care.
We understand how stressful and difficult cancer can be. You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
For health professionals
Please address referrals for the haematology late effects/survivorship service to Dr Kylie Mason. Contact Prof. David Ritchie with queries regarding the allograft long-term follow-up and survivorship service.
Visit the referrals page for further information