Cancer treatment

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre is a treatment centre of Austin Health, an Australian public hospital. Anyone with a referral from their doctor can be treated here, regardless of the stage of their treatment or insurance status. At the ONJ Centre your care is built around your individual needs. This includes your physical, psychological and emotional health. Every patient is surrounded by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, allied health and wellbeing therapists. Your dedicated treatment team work together to guide you through your optimal treatment pathway. Learn more about the cancer treatments we deliver at the ONJ Centre, how we support you through your care, and find answers to commonly asked questions.



Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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Surgery is used at various stages in the treatment of solid tumours that can be removed. It may be used to diagnose cancer and prevent or remove tumours. It can also be used to minimise pain or reconstruct body parts.

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Medical oncology

Medical oncology is cancer treatment using drugs. This includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and hormone therapy. Get information on the different types of medical oncology treatments we provide, why you might receive them and how we will support you in planning and receiving your treatment.

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Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to target and kill cancer cells. It is often used alongside chemotherapy and surgery. Find out about why and how you might receive radiation therapy, get the answers to some commonly asked questions and detailed information on planning and receiving your care.

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A patient being treated in the MRI-guided linear accelerator

MRI-guided Radiation Therapy (state-wide service)

MRI-guided radiation therapy combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with radiation therapy. It treats tumours more accurately than conventional radiation therapy, with less side effects and fewer treatments. It takes images of your tumour in real-time so that therapy can be tailored to your needs. We will be the only public hospital in Victoria with an MR-Linac. It will be the state-wide service provider to Victorian patients. The service will begin treating patients in June 2021.

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Haematology therapies are often used alongside medical oncology and radiation therapies to treat blood cancers such as lymphoma, myeloma and leukaemia. Patients are also referred to Clinical Haematology for non-cancerous disorders. Get information on where and why you might be treated.

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Palliative care

Palliative care can be used at any stage of treatment alongside all therapies to assist patients to be as symptom free as possible. Get the answers to commonly asked questions and information on planning and receiving palliative care.

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Used in the treatment of blood cancers

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Cancer pharmacy

Medication provision and management

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Other services

A number of additional services are provided through Austin Health. The following links direct to the Austin Health Website.

Becoming an ONJ patient

how to get a referral