Gynaecological Cancer

Women often feel a range of strong emotions, such as anxiety, fear and confusion, after receiving a cancer diagnosis. We want you to know that you are not alone. Our team is dedicated to supporting you every step of the way from diagnosis and treatment to recovery.

Finding out that you have cancer is one of the hardest things to hear and you will have many questions. We can provide answers and guidance as you face some difficult decisions about your treatment.

Our healthcare team of nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and physiotherapists will help you cope and adjust to the overwhelming changes ahead. We provide a strong support network to help ease the impact on your life and your relationships.

We help you navigate the cancer journey by making sure you understand your options, treatment and condition. Your health and wellbeing is our priority.

Our services

We offer a range of comprehensive testing, consultation, planning, management and treatment services for women living in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Our team is highly skilled in the treatment and care of women with complex cancers of the female reproductive system including:

Our specialist services include:

  • laparoscopic, abdominal and vaginal surgical treatment of gynaecological malignancies
  • complex gynaecological surgery
  • treatment of pre-invasive lesions
  • treatments including
    • chemotherapy
    • radiation therapy
    • hyperbaric therapy
    • interventional radiological procedures
    • PET imaging in conjunction with medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and hyperbaric oxygen therapy physicians.

How to access this service

In most instances, you will need to have a tissue diagnosis performed by your gynaecologist before referral to the service. Your doctor will need to send your referral letter to the hospital.

Prior to an appointment being scheduled, a clinical nurse consultant or clinical nurse will make an initial pre-appointment by telephone. Appointments will be offered for all women with a cancer diagnosis within the 30 day category 1 timeframe.

Refer a patient

To refer a patient:
Gynaecology referral guideline

GP and Specialist Hotline:
1300 364 938

Health professionals:
More information

After your hospital appointment

Your doctor may advise that you require surgery. If this is the case you will be placed on a surgical waiting list and may need to attend the Pre-admission Clinic before your surgery.

What to bring

Each time you visit us
  • Your Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if you have one)
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
  • Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
  • Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
  • Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
  • Something to read or do while you wait
  • An adult carer to support you and take you home
  • Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
  • A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold
  • A dressing gown or cardigan, sleepwear or comfortable day clothes
  • Slippers and shoes (low heel, closed-in, non-slip, adjustable and firm fitting around the foot)
  • Your toiletries and personal items
  • Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney if you have one
  • Something to read or do during your stay
  • Medical devices required for your care (e.g. CPAP machine)
  • Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

Clinics

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Contact us

Gynaecology Outpatients and Centre for Breast Health
Location: Ground floor, Ned Hanlon Building
Phone: (07) 3646 6830
Open: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4.00pm

Need help outside hours?

For out of hours supports call RBWH on (07) 3646 8111 and ask to be put through to the Gynaecologic Oncology Fellow.

For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP

In an emergency call 000.

Refer a patient

Please call (07) 3647 3940 to contact the Gynaecologic Oncology CNC or Fellow in order to discuss referral to this service.

To refer a patient to this service, view the Gynaecology referral guideline.

GP and Specialist Referral Hotline:
1300 364 938

Health professionals

Our clinicians are members of the State Government’s Queensland Gynaecological Cancer Quality Assurance Committee. We undertake patient mortality and morbidity reviews in collaboration with gynaecologic oncology colleagues from the Mater Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and a number of private hospitals in Queensland.