For most people, a General Practitioner (GP) is the first health professional you will see if you are worried about a sign or symptom of cancer.
Your GP plays a critical role in assessing your symptoms, undertaking initial investigations, and referring you on to a cancer specialist who will confirm your diagnosis and oversee your treatment.
For a personalised and holistic cancer care experience, ask your GP to refer you to a cancer specialist at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. You can find a list of specialists who treat your type of cancer at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital in our directory.
The first cancer specialist that you are referred to may be a surgeon, a medical oncologist or a haematologist, depending on the type of cancer you have and your initial test results.
You will see your specialist in their private consulting rooms which may be located at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital or in a nearby building. You may need to undergo additional tests or procedures to confirm your diagnosis.
Most cancer specialists at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital are part of a multidisciplinary team. Your specialist will discuss your test results and diagnosis with the team, and they will work together to determine the best treatment and supportive care plan for you.
Camp Quality gives kids aged up to 15 years old who are facing cancer, whether that be their own diagnosis or that of a parent, carer or sibling, a chance to be kids again in a safe and supportive environment. They provide free services and programs, including fun experiences, education, specialised cancer care in hospitals, counselling and an understanding community. For more information about Camp Quality and how they can help, visit www.campquality.org.au