Step By Step – we are with you
Being prepared and understanding chemotherapy can help lessen some of the stress surrounding your treatment.
If you have had chemotherapy recommended to you as a treatment option by your medical oncologist or haematologist you will have the support of our dedicated and friendly nursing staff of our chemotherapy units at The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead and the Blacktown Oncology Unit
First things first:
Before you are started on chemotherapy we make sure that you are fully prepared for the treatment by providing you with a comprehensive information pack which you can take home and read at your own pace, as well as booking you in for a formal face-to-face education session with our nursing staff.
Some frequently asked questions you might find helpful:
How will I receive the chemotherapy?
How long will the treatment session take?
What chemotherapy will I be receiving?
What type of side effects will I get?
What is multi-disciplinary care?
Multidisciplinary care occurs when professionals from a range of disciplines with different but complementary skills, knowledge and experience work together to deliver comprehensive healthcare aimed at providing the best possible outcome for the physical and psychosocial needs of a patient and their carers.
What is multi-modality treatment?
Where will I have my chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is given in a specialised unit with specialised nursing staff. Your treatment will be given at a unit within the local health district you are attending but which is closest to your home and can provide the appropriate level of care required for your treatment regimen.You will be given a tour of the facility when you attend to the face-to-face chemotherapy education session which occurs prior to your treatment.
What can I expect to happen on my first treatment of chemotherapy?
On the day of your first chemotherapy treatment, you will be greeted by the nurse looking after you, at which time they will introduce themselves and their role in the treating team. She/he will weigh you and attend to your observations (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturations. You will be guided to a chair and provided with an explanation regarding what you can expect. Education regarding your specific chemotherapy regimen will be provided and you will be encouraged to ask questions. A cannula will be inserted (either into the back of your hand or forearm) and your treatment will commence.
Should I eat before I come to my chemotherapy treatment session?
You may eat and drink before you come. Eating and drinking will not effect your chemotherapy.
What should I wear?
What should I bring with me?
Please bring identification, Medicare Card and your support person, especially to your first treatment.
Can I drive after treatment?
Yes, you can drive but we suggest you bring a driver for your first chemotherapy appointment if at all possible. Alternatively, Community transport may be an option for you. Please discuss this with your nurse at time of treatment.
Will chemotherapy treatment be painful?
No, chemotherapy is not normally painful. You will be required to have a cannula inserted into a vein if you are having intravenous chemotherapy. There may be a small sting as the needle is inserted.
Our Chemotherapy Centres
The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead – Westmead Hospital
Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm. Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am – 4.30pm (specific treatments only)
Tel: (02) 8890 6742
Fax: (02) 8890 8353
Westmead Hospital – The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead – Day Care Suite
Level 1 Entrance via Hawkesbury Road Westmead (University Clinics entrance)
All services are bulk billed. Any related charges will be discussed with patients prior to treatment. Please bring a Medicare card if you have one and any private health insurance details.
Public Transport / Parking
Patients receiving cancer treatment can access free parking in any of the hospital multistorey car parks. Your parking ticket needs to be validated prior to exiting the car park. This can be done with staff at the front reception desk of the cancer centre. The closest multistorey car park is located directly in front of the cancer centre and can be accessed via the Hawkesbury Road University Clinics Entrance OR the Accident & Emergency Entrance.
Blacktown Oncology Unit, Blacktown Hospital
Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 4.30pm.
Address: Blacktown Hospital – Marcel Crescent Blacktown
Tel: (02) 9881 8421
Fax: (02) 9888 8430
Patients need to ring the unit and make an appointment with reception staff
On the day of appointment patients need to bring the referral, medicare card and details of private health insurance if any.
Accessibility and parking
The Blacktown Oncology Unit is located in the grounds of Blacktown Hospital.
- Close to bus stop
- Close to train station
- Phone available to call taxi
- Serviced by community mini-bus or other community transport service
- Taxi rank on site or close by
General parking available adjacent to unit – free for patients of the unit
Fully accessible premises
Accessibility (disability) parking available on site
Below are a number of valuable educational resources for cancer patients and their families.
If you have additional questions about chemotherapy please discuss these with your treating team.