cancer, - Latrobe Regional Hospital
Latrobe Regional Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care services including chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.
The centre is situated at the western end of the hospital precinct near the main entrance.
Radiation oncology services are delivered by William Buckland Radiotherapy Gippsland which is a satellite service of the Alfred Hospital.
If you are undergoing treatment at the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre you will have access to a nurse specialising in cancer care to help you manage your journey.
Affordable motel-style accommodation is available at Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, a community-owned facility which is a short drive to the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.
No matter where you are in Gippsland, you will have access to a coordinated cancer service. Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS) links 16 health providers across the region to improve cancer care and access to services.
The Cancer Care Nurses are part of the Health Independence Program at Latrobe Regional Hospital. These specialist nurses are experienced in managing patients with complex medical and social issues.
They are available to:
- provide education about your cancer, how to recognise problems and what actions to take in certain situations
- provide advice and support with practical, family, emotional and physical issues that arise
- communicate with you and your treating team, including your General Practitioner, and assist with coordinating your care
- monitor your progress for a few months and ensure you have adequate knowledge and support in place for you to best manage your condition and optimise your quality of life.
For further information contact the Health Independence Program on (03) 5173 8506.
Multi-Disciplinary Care Team meetings
This is an integrated team approach to health care in which medical and allied health care professionals consider all relevant treatment and care options and develop, collaboratively, an individual treatment plan for each cancer patient presented to the meetings.
Supportive Care Screening
This provides us with an opportunity to identify the kinds of support and information which may be the most helpful for you and your family throughout the cancer journey.
Staff in the GCCC will ask you to complete this form at times throughout your treatment.
SC screening tool
Cancer Care Nurses, chemotherapy and radiotherapy staff coordinate a number of group programs for patients and family members. You can expect to learn more about cancer and its treatment in a supportive group environment.
Having an open discussion and some sharing of experiences will help to understand you are not alone on your journey and improve understanding of your changed circumstances.
For people who have a diagnosis of cancer, their family and friends. It's a chance to learn more about cancer, its treatment and your emotional reactions to it.
Cancer Council Victoria Website - Support Services
Many people diagnosed with cancer now live a long time after treatment. The end of treatment may be a time when you realise the impact cancer had on you, your family and friends.
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre Website
A locally developed informative, comprehensive psychosocial program for women with cancer.
Look Good Feel Better Program
A one-day program helping women face cancer with confidence. Look Good…Feel Better Website
The warmer weather couldn’t have come soon enough for three students from St Michael’s Primary School who had their heads shaved to raise money for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre (GCCC).
Mark Lucas, Tyron Bramwell and James Lynch have discovered that life without their locks is a little colder than usual, but they’ve put any discomfort aside to support a worthy cause.
The boys recently visited the GCCC to present a cheque for more than $4300 to LRH Acting General Manager Acute, Heidi Knott and chemotherapy volunteer, Carmen Cook.
The money will go some way to enhancing care for local people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Each of the boys has lost a loved one to cancer - Mark’s pop with prostate cancer and grandpa with melanoma, James’s aunt with breast cancer and Tyron’s grandpa with brain cancer.
The boys, supported by family and friends, embarked on a fundraising campaign for the GCCC by selling raffle tickets and seeking sponsorship from Traralgon businesses, corporate and sporting organisations for their great shave.
The generous local community also got behind their efforts filling up collection tins left at many businesses.
Dan and Mikkayla from the TRFM Morning Crew joined St Michael’s students in cheering on Mark, Tyron and James during the shave on Daffodil Day.
As well as the funds for the GCCC, the school community raised an extra $1500 for the Cancer Council by taking part in a casual clothes day and purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise.
Pictured l-r Chemotherapy volunteer Carmen Cook and LRH Acting General Manager Acute Heidi Knott receive a cheque for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre from young fundraisers Mark, Tyron and James who took part in a head shave on Daffodil Day.
What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. There are many types of chemotherapy drugs, which are often used in different combinations and at different strengths.
Chemotherapy can be administered in a variety of ways. Most people have chemotherapy through a vein (intravenously). It can also be prescribed orally (tablets or capsules), as a cream, or as injections into different parts of the body.
Most people have chemotherapy on an outpatient basis during day visits to the hospital. Some people can have chemotherapy at home if they use a portable pump or have oral chemotherapy.
The Gippsland Cancer Care Centre has welcomed a generous donation from the Greek Orthodox Community of Gippsland.
Representatives from the group recently visited the GCCC based at Latrobe Regional Hospital and presented a cheque for $5050.
The funds were raised during a number of events held during the year including a Greek Festival.
Pictured (left to right) are Chemotherapy Acting Nurse Unit Manager Jill Williams, Christalla Marcou, LRH Director of Corporate Services Gary Gray, Pavlou Pavlou, Eva Pavlou and Maria Armadas.
Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS) was formed in October 2004 in response to recommendations by the Department of Human Services in its report Cancer Services Framework for Victoria 2002.
It was implemented as a joint venture involving 16 health service providers across the Gippsland region committed to improving the quality of cancer care in Gippsland and availability and access.
Latrobe Regional Hospital is the host agency for GRICS.
To learn more about the work of GRICS and cancer support services in Gippsland go to Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS).
What is radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy uses radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons to destroy or damage cancer cells and stop them from growing and multiplying.
It is a highly specialised service offered at the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre by Gippsland Radiation Oncology, a satellite service of Alfred Health in Melbourne.
Gippsland Radiation Oncology has two Linear Accelerators delivering the most up to date advancements in radiation therapy and cancer care.
It also features a dedicated superficial radiotherapy unit for skin cancer.
The service is fully funded by Medicare so there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you.
For further information contact Gippsland Radiation Oncology on 5173 8770 or go to Alfred Health Radiation Oncology