The Apheresis unit

Our Apheresis unit cares for patients who need apheresis therapy. This therapy can be necessary for the management and treatment of their disease

The Apheresis unit also supplies support to recipients of bone marrow transplants. It does so via the collection of donor products for use within the PIHS and in hospitals. This includes domestic and global hospitals. 

Our service is on Level 3 of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). This facility is purpose-built. It has eight treatment chairs dedicated to the provision of apheresis services. 

An on-call service ensures emergency treatment is available 24 hours per day. The Royal Melbourne Hospital's Intensive Care Unit can treat adult patients when needed. The Royal Children’s Hospital's Intensive Care Unit can treat paediatric patients. 

Clinical trials  

We collect cells for several clinical trial programs. These programs are developing new cellular therapies. Such therapies include Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells for patients with malignancies.  

Every patient who joins in a clinical trial is integral to the trials team. We are pursuing innovative research from bench to bedside. This research includes other areas such as supportive care and epidemiology.  

Speak to your specialist if you want to take part in or have questions about clinical trials.

Our team 

The Day Therapy Leadership and Administration Team supports this clinical team.  

We understand how stressful and difficult apheresis procedures can be.  

Our experts are sensitive to your individual health and wellbeing needs - we are here to help. 

Call us on (03) 8559 5000 if you wish to discuss your treatment or appointments. 

Referrals to the Apheresis unit

You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service. 

Location of the Apheresis unit

Day therapy 

Level 3, reception 3B Day Therapy 
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 
305 Grattan Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

Contact the Apheresis unit

Medical Director, Professor Simon Harrison

  • Phone: (03) 8559 5393
  • Fax: (03) 8559 7739  
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Nurse Unit Manager, Sharlea Disney

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Registrar on call 

Call the main switchboard and ask them to transfer you to the on-call registrar (24 hours, seven days). 

  • Phone: (03) 8559 5000 

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