CANCER CARE COORDINATORS
Our Cancer Care Coordinators are here to help support and guide you throughout your cancer journey. They are ready to help you and your family plot a course through the system of care. With a focus on your comfort and convenience, this nursing expert provides the understanding care you want and deserve, when you need it most.
It made such a difference having this wonderful person who was just at the end of the phone if I needed her or was in strife. I would say to my husband – ring the Care Coordinator, they will know what to do. EA Seven Hills
What is a Cancer Care Coordinator?
Our Cancer Care Coordinators are Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC) or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) with advanced expertise in oncology. They are knowledgeable about cancer and the resources available to treat it.
From the time you are diagnosed with cancer, the Cancer Care Coordinator is available as a highly specialised and valuable member of your medical team and will provide personalised cancer care for you and your family.
You will usually be introduced or given contact details for your Cancer Care Coordinator soon after your initial visit, keep this information close to hand in case you have questions or problems you wish to discuss.
Within our Network we currently have Cancer Care Coordinators available to patients for the following groupings of cancer.
- bowel cancer / gastric cancer / oesphageal cancer / pancreatic cancer breast cancer (advanced / metastatic)
- gynaecological cancer
- haematological cancer and blood disorders
- head and neck cancer
- lung cancer / mesothelioma
What does a Cancer Care Coordinator do?
Serving as a vital link between you and your treating specialists, Cancer Care Coordinators ensure appropriate education, support and resources are provided.
In addition, the Cancer Care Coordinators can:
- Help you understand your treatment plan by consulting with you and your family members to describe the comprehensive spectrum of services available
- Assist with finding answers to medical questions by assessing the individual needs of you and your family, and providing the necessary education, information and resource materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
What hours are you available?
What happens if I need help or advice after hours?
I have private insurance, so why do I need to go to Westmead/Blacktown Hospital if I am unwell?
Who do I call if my nurse is unavailable?
What type of support can my Cancer Care Coordinator provide?
What happens if I get admitted to another hospital?
Patient and Carer Information Resources
Below are a number of valuable educational resources for cancer patients, their carers and family members.
Beyond BlueBeyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
Cancer Institute NSW EVIQEVIQ for Patients and Carers: A comprehensive resource guide to understanding cancer and cancer treatments
CanreferCanrefer is a directory set up by the Cancer Institute NSW to help general practitioners, other health professionals, patients and their family members find cancer services by cancer type and location in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
Leukaemia FoundationFind out disease-specific information on diagnosis and treatment, as well as other aspects of living with a leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or related blood disorder.
Lung Foundation of AustraliaInformation on lung disease, its treatment, patient support and related issues.
Macmillan Cancer Support, United KingdomHigh quality, up-to-date cancer information for cancer patients, their families and carers. All information provided is written and reviewed by specialists.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of AustraliaThis website provides you with information on prostate health, prostate cancer, treatment, side effects and support.