Adolescent and young adult cancer service

We provide comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment for adolescents and young adults, aged 15 to 25 with Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and germ cell tumours (those originating in the ovaries and testes).

Treatment is tailored to the individual patient's needs and life stage, so they can continue to live a full and rewarding life.


Patient benefits

  • individualized patient care by multidisciplinary group

  • diagnosis, including medical imaging, pathology, biopsies and staging investigations on site

  • ancillary consultations as needed with , for example, cardiologist, respiratory physician, endocrinologist, fertility expert, allied health practitioner, nutritionist

  • education and support to patient and family

  • survivorship program and follow up treatment, including mental health support

  • long-term support for life-long wellbeing

  • low waiting times

  • experienced clinical team

  • urgent medical care through Epworth Richmond emergency department


Conditions treated

  • Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • germ cell tumours (those that originate in the ovaries or testes)


Treatments

  • treatments are individ ual to the patient needs and life-stage


Tests 

  • medical imaging, pathology, biopsies and staging investigations on site


Suppport services

A dedicated clinical nurse consultant and a social worker will provide education and support to the patient and their family.


Our partnership with Canteen will ensure the patient receives long-term support.


How to access this service

Ask your health professional for a referral to Epworth Richmond's Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service or directly to Dr Rachel Conyers.


If you don't have private health insurance you can still be referred to Epworth.


Fees paid for oncology care ensure a specialist oncologist or haematologist is available to you 24 hours a day from the first appointment until the patient has finished chemotherapy and is on routine follow up reviews.


An initial consultation fee of $340 applies and is due on the day of consultation. Medicare cardholders are entitled to a rebate. Non-Medicare and overseas patients are liable for the full fee. These fees do not attract Private Health Insurance rebates.


The oncologist will provide the patient with detailed information about all fees that the patient may incur during treatment, so the patient is able to make an informed decision.


Who we care for 

  • adolescents and young adults aged 15-25 with suspected or confirmed cancer

  • international patients in this age group

 

Waiting periods

 
Epworth Richmond offers low waiting times for this service.

However, your health insurance provider may dictate waiting periods for this service. Contact them directly for information.
 
 

How to refer a patient?


Digital referrals 

  1. A simple referral letter to Dr Rachel Conyers 
  2. Email to ER.paediatricrooms@epworth.org.au 


Fax referrals 

  1. A simple referral letter to Dr Rachel Conyers 
  2. Fax to 03 9516 2319 


Urgent referrals 

If your patient needs immediate assessment send them directly to our Emergency Department with relevant reports, inducing clinical details and investigation results. 

Urgent referrals are also available through a single phone call to Epworth Richmond switchboard on 03 9426 6666 who will contact Dr Conyers and arrange for a review within one week. 


When to refer a patient?


Refer to the adolescent and adult cancer services if you have a positive diagnosis, if you have a suspected diagnosis that you want to have reviewed or confirmed, if you want a second opinion, or if your patient presents with any of the symptoms below, in particular, if more than one of these symptoms present concurrently:


  • Frequent infections 
  • Lump in the neck, breast or testicle 
  • Enlarged lymph glands 
  • Abnormal blood count; unexplained anaemia 
  • Unexplained fatigue 
  • Unexpected weight loss 
  • Easy bleeding or bruising; frequent nose blood 
  • Persistent bloating; back pain 
  • Unexplained pain or ache 

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