Introduction

The Role of the Gynaecological Oncology Department

The Department is dedicated to the treatment of women with gynaecological malignancy. The specialists of the Department have expertise in the management of gynaecological malignancy as a result of the extra training that they have undertaken and the restriction of their practice specifically to the management of gynaecological malignancy.

Clinical Practice

robotThe Department provides the major gynaecological oncology service for South Australia and the Northern Territory. The spectrum of surgery offered by the Gynaecological Oncology Department includes laser treatment, laparoscopic and robotic techniques and open as well as major exenterative procedures.

All women diagnosed with, or suspected to have, a gynaecological malignancy, who are referred to the Gynaecological Oncology Department, have their cases discussed at a weekly meeting of a Multidisciplinary Team

The meeting provides an expert forum for discussion of all aspects of each individual case and the formulation of a treatment plan based on the experience of all members of the team. Any woman under treatment who has a complication or a recurrence of cancer is considered again by the team. The team's plan is then discussed with the woman and her family, generally in the Outpatient Department and a final management plan is mutually agreed.

Location

The Outpatient Service

Waiting area in the Womens Health Centre

The Outpatient Service is provided in the Womens Health Centre which is situated on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road.

The Centre is on the campus of the Hospital but separate from its main buildings.

Telephone: 08 8222 5587
Facsimile: 08 8222 5645

The Inpatient Service

The Inpatient Surgical Service is accommodated in the wards of the North Wing of the Hospital. Inpatient chemotherapy treatment is administered in the Jessie Bradman Chemotherapy Day Centre on level 7 of the East Wing. Radiation therapy is given in the Radiotherapy Department in the East Wing.

Referral

Referral of women to this specialised clinic is required.  The referral may be either by a specialist gynaecologist, after investigation gives a suspicion or confirmation of a gynaecological malignancy, or by a general practitioner, if a malignancy is confirmed.