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Medical Oncology

The St Vincent’s Medical Oncology Department is a multi-disciplinary team of specialists who are experts in treating and supporting patients with cancer.

Our team includes:

  • Surgeons
  • Radiation therapists
  • Pathologists; radiologists
  • Supportive and palliative care doctors
  • Social work

Our team treats a wide range of cancers and people in a variety of situations including:

  • Curative treatments that aim to eliminate cancer permanently
  • Preventive treatments to reduce the chance of cancer returning
  • Symptomatic treatments to keep you feeling as well as possible
  • Genetic counselling and gene testing

The Department’s specialists include:

Specialist Special interest

Associate Professor Anthony Joshua
Head of Department, Medical Oncology

Prostate cancer
Clinical Trials
Professor Richard Epstein
Director of Research
Breast cancer
Prostate and kidney cancer
General oncology, e.g., melanoma, unusual tumours
Transplant-related tumours
Neuroendocrine tumours
Clinical trials of new anti-cancer drugs

Dr Rachel Dear

Breast cancer
Brain tumours
General oncology, e.g. lung cancer

Associate Professor Elgene Lim

Breast cancer
Clinical trials
Global health

Dr Amy Prawira

Head and neck cancer
Clinical trials

Dr Lorraine Chantrill

Gastrointestinal cancers
Pancreatic cancer

Dr Venessa Chin

Lung cancer
Head and neck cancer

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

How do I get an appointment with one of your specialists?
Appointments require a referral from your GP or surgeon.
To make an appointment, call +61 (0)2 9355 5655/5633

What do I do if I become unwell at home while receiving treatment for my cancer?
You will receive detailed education from our Oncology Nurse Coordinators about possible treatment side-effects and hazards, and what to do about them. We will give you phone numbers to call on a 24-hour basis if you are worried – this includes nights and week-ends.

You can also present directly to the Emergency Department of either St Vincent’s or your local Hospital at any time.

Contact us

Phone: 02 9355 5633 or 02 9355 5655

Fax: 02 9355 5602

St Vincent’s Switchboard: 02 8382 1111