- The management of some cancers is complex.
- People who require complex surgery should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary team and practices at a specialist centre.
- There are specialist centres in NSW for a range of cancer types.
The management of complex cancer requires a team of health care professionals with experience in that cancer (including surgery) and the availability of adequate supportive care following surgery.
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Referring a patient
Patients suspected of having, or diagnosed with, one of these cancer types, should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a multidisciplinary team and practices at one of the specialist centres.
Even if surgery does not seem likely at the time of referral, involvement of a multidisciplinary team early in the cancer journey is recommended to ensure optimal assessment, care, and outcomes.
Travelling out of area
Some patients may need to travel out of area to be treated at a specialist centre. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this. Patients may be able to access financial assistance to help with transport and accommodation costs through the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme.
For more detailed information about specialist centres, see Optimising cancer care on the Cancer Institute NSW website.