Gynaecological cancers include those that start in the uterus, ovary, fallopian tube, peritoneum, cervix, vulva, vagina, as well as Gestational Trophoblastic Disease.
At the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre all women being treated for gynaecological cancers, their family members and carers, have access to specialist services from a Senior Social Worker and a Clinical Psychologist.
The Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist may be able to assist women who are experiencing concerns in adjustment to the cancer diagnosis, coping with the side-effects of treatment, managing work and family caring responsibilities, or dealing with menopausal symptoms and sexual function changes during and after treatment.
How to access this service
If you are an inpatient at Westmead Hospital, ask your treating team to make a referral to the social worker or clinical psychologist, who can come to see you on the ward.
- If you are an outpatient, ask your team to contact the social worker, or leave a message on 02 9845 6699. The social worker will often be available during the oncology clinic as she works closely with the oncology team.
- If you are an outpatient you can book an appointment with the clinical psychologist who sees patients in Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre. Speak to your treating team for a referral or book an appointment by calling 02 9845 5200. You don’t have to have a referral to see the clinical psychologist, but please let your treating team know that you have made an appointment.
In addition to individual or family appointments, the Social Worker and Clinical Psychologist co-facilitate a support group that meets monthly. Throughout each year, a number of other support and educational activities are offered to women and their caregivers. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to hear about these activities please email Kim.Hobbs@health.nsw.gov.au or contact on phone number 02 9845 6699.
Westmead Hospital also administers the NSW Psychosocial Support Project that includes residential retreats for women with a gynaecological cancer, who live in NSW, and one day information and support meetings, held regularly during the year. Speak to your treating team about a referral or email Jane.Mills@health.nsw.gov.au.