Canrefer is an online cancer services directory for residents of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It lists specialists, hospitals and services that provide diagnosis and treatment for people suspected of or diagnosed with cancer.
Canrefer is administered by the Cancer Institute NSW.
Canrefer lists specialists who are members of multidisciplinary teams. A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who meet regularly to plan treatment for people with newly diagnosed cancer and to review the treatment plans of existing patients during or after their treatment.
At multidisciplinary team meetings team members consider diagnostic and staging information, treatment options and the circumstances and preferences of the person with cancer. They then develop a consensus treatment plan and in collaboration with the person with cancer implement this individualised treatment plan.
Multidisciplinary teams are widely acknowledged as best-practice in clinical cancer care. Cancer specialists can be a member of one or many multidisciplinary teams.
Canrefer also provides information on surgery for oesophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer at hospitals that do more of these types of surgeries. There is strong international evidence that having complex surgery at hospitals that do more of these types of surgeries provide better outcomes for patients.