Medical oncology

Medical oncology is the treatment and management of cancer using medications. At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, your medical oncologist will be a specialist cancer doctor who oversees your medical treatments and helps you manage your symptoms. The treatment you receive through your medical oncologist depends on your cancer type and the treatment plan developed for you. Our medical oncologists work as part of a larger multidisciplinary team that includes radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and specialised cancer nurses. In consultation with you, the team will plan and oversee your treatment to help you to achieve the best possible health outcome. As part of your treatment plan, the medical treatment you receive may include a combination of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy or hormone therapy.

Why medical oncology may be required

Most types of cancer require treatment with medications, often alongside other treatments such as surgery or radiotherapy. Chemotherapy, for example, may be used to shrink a tumour so that it can be removed. You may be receiving hormone therapy to reduce the chance of cancers such as breast cancer returning, or immunotherapy might be used to treat a variety of cancers or used as part of a clinical trial.

Receiving medical treatment

How you receive your medical oncology treatment depends on a variety of factors. These include your cancer type, your individual needs and the stage of your treatment plan. 


Inpatients stay at the ONJ Centre on one of our specialist wards and receive treatment either on their ward or in one of our specialist departments such as Day Oncology.


Outpatients will receive their medical oncology treatments in one of our specialist departments and have appointments with their medical oncologist in one of our Specialist Clinics. Most cancer clinics are in the ONJ Centre, but some may be in one of the other Austin Health buildings.

As an outpatient, you will receive a letter with your clinic appointment time and its location. Your letter will include a barcode and, if your appointment is at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, you can use that barcode at the self-check in kiosks at the main entry. Volunteers are on-site to assist you.

If you are unsure about where to go please contact Specialist Clinics.

Specialist Clinics

+ 61 3 9496 2444

1800 134 864 - country patient toll free

131 450 free telephone interpreter service (TIS)

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm

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