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The Cairns Cancer Care Centre plays a crucial role in the provision of Cancer Care as the major referral centre and provider of care for the population of almost 250,000 residents within the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.  Second to this, it also supports 23,000 residents within the FNQ Health Cluster, which is made up of Townsville, Mackay and Cairns.

The Cancer Care Centre is located in the Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre (Block E) on the ground and first floor, adjacent to the main Cairns Hospital campus. The Ambulatory Oncology Day Unit provides ambulatory care for day only outpatients patients, whilst Specialist Outpatient Clinics provide Haematology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care clinics all which are collocated on the First Floor of the Liz Plummer Cancer Centre (Block E). Radiation Oncology services are provided by Radiation Oncology Queensland (ROQ) and they are located on the Ground Floor of the Liz Plummer Cancer Centre. Queensland Health and ROQ have a shared care partnership for cancer patients requiring radiation services.

The Cancer Care Centre is integrated with the Gordonvale Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Service and has strong links with General Practitioners, Community Health Services, The Queensland Cancer Council, the Leukaemia Foundation and other community services.

The Cancer Care Centre operates under the direction of the Director of Medical Services and Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Care Centre.  The Palliative Care service operates under the direction of the Executive Director of Medical Services and the Director of Nursing, Gordonvale Memorial Hospital.

The Cairns Hospital Cancer Care Centre is currently rated as a level 5 service under the Clinical Services Capabilities Framework and incorporates the following:

  • Outpatient Medical Oncology
  • Outpatient Haematology
  • Day chemotherapy treatment unit (15 chairs)
  • Day treatment bed (3)
  • Radiation Oncology clinics
  • Palliative Care clinics
  • Outreach Haematology Clinics to Innisfail and Atherton
  • Inpatient Cancer Care (dedicated beds on General Ward 4)
  • Allied Health Oncology support
  • Satellite Pharmacy
  • Palliative Care Consultancy services
  • Cancer Care Coordination
  • Multi Disciplinary Team approach to Cancer Care

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Last updated: 22 May 2019