A new diagnosis

Receiving a cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock. It can be a frightening experience and every individual responds differently. At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we will support you through your journey. This includes guiding you through what to expect and how to prepare for your first consultation.

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Your first consultation

After your doctor has referred you to the ONJ Centre you will be contacted with an appointment time.

You may feel apprehensive before your first consultation. It can help for a friend or family member to accompany or drive you. Support and preparation will minimise some of your stress; you may like to visit the ONJ Centre ahead of time to familiarise yourself with the space.

Your initial consultation will vary depending on your cancer type and individual needs. Most people will have a scheduled appointment within one of our specialist clinics. At this consultation you will meet your treating specialist, treating team and nurse specialist.

During your appointment you and your team will discuss your individualised treatment plan. Bring any test results you might have, along with a list of questions that you want to ask your team. Your doctor may decide that further tests are required; these will be organised by your treatment team.

You may want to bring a pen and paper to make a note of points you want to refer to later on. During your consultation, you can also ask your doctor for a copy of your test results if you do not have them.

The types of cancers we treat

At the ONJ Centre we treat a broad range of cancer types. Learn about the symptoms and potential treatment pathways for each.

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Asking questions

You are likely to have a wide range of questions that you want to ask your treating team. It is important to spend time discussing your individual situation with them.

Speak with the people close to you as they may help you identify useful questions. If something is concerning you, it is important to ask. Write your questions down and bring them with you to your appointment, as you may not remember them all.

Some questions that your treating team can help you answer may include:

  • How soon can I start my treatment?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Can I still work while I’m having my treatment?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • How do I tell my children that I have cancer?
  • Where can I get support for me and my family?
  • Is there a clinical trial that I could take part in?

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Your wellness matters

What about a second opinion?

Guided by your cancer specialist, you need to feel comfortable with your treatment decisions. To support this, it may help to get a second opinion. Your cancer specialist may even suggest that you seek one. In order to claim under some private health insurance plans a second opinion may be required.

Getting a second opinion can reassure you that you’ve explored all possible treatment options. It may confirm what has already been recommended or it could present you with a different pathway.

How to seek a second opinion

Ask your cancer specialist for a recommendation or speak with your doctor about a referral.

Your team, for you

Our multidisciplinary approach.

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Planning for your care

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