Overview

Epworth's multidisciplinary group of specialists are from five key areas:

  • Allied Health Team
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Nursing
  • Radiation therapy

Allied Health Team

There are a number of support specialists involved in your treatment plan including dietitians, genetic specialists, pastoral and palliative care, physiotherapists and psycho-oncology.

Gynaecological oncology

Our gynaecological oncologists perform more than 1,000 major gynaecological cancer operations each year.

Epworth was the first private hospital group in Victoria to treat gynaecological cancers using robot-assisted surgery.

Medical oncology

Your medical oncologist will oversee your chemotherapy. These specialists work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists, other physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to ensure that all elements of your care are co-ordinated.

Your medical oncologist will explain and discuss current treatment recommendations and the opportunity to participate in appropriate clinical trials.

Nursing

Our Women's Health Unit Nursing team are highly skilled in the treatment and care of women with gynaecological cancers. The Gynaecological Clinical Nurse Consultant works closely with patients and families providing expertise, education and support at this challenging and stressful time. Nursing staff also provide chemotherapy services in the ward setting.

Treatment Approach/Team

Our Treatment Approach

The Gynaecology Cancer Centre at Epworth provides a team of experts who work together to create a treatment plan that takes into account each patient's needs and circumstances.

As well as providing specialised medical care, we offer a range of support services, including nutritional counselling, spiritual and emotional support and specialist nurse support.

Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Assessment and Plan of Treatment

You will have access to an MDT to plan the management of your cancer. All members of the MDT have a special interest in gynaecological cancer, and include:

  • Gynaecologic clinical nurse specialists/oncology liaison nurse
  • Gynaecologic histopathologists/cytologists
  • Gynaecological oncologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiologists
  • Research staff
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Social workers

The specialist gynaecological oncology team meet weekly at a multidisciplinary tumour board (case conference) to review, discuss and determine the management of newly diagnosed patients, and those presenting with a recurrence.

Gynaecological Cancers

Gynaecological cancers are cancers of the female reproductive system and occur when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way.

They include cancers of the:

  • Cervix
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Pregnancy related cancers
  • Primary peritoneal cancers
  • Ovaries
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

Referring to Gynaecology Cancer Centre

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Find a Doctor directory allows you to contact an Epworth accredited specialist for your GP to refer you to.

A referral from your GP, a Specialist or other health professional is required to access most Epworth services and some can be called directly by the patient including our Allied Health Clinic, GP Clinic, Men’s Health Clinic and Jean Hailes at Epworth Freemasons as well as our Breast Services, Epworth Sports and Exercise Medicine Group and Epworth HealthCheck.

Read more: For GPs - Connecting GPs with Epworth.

Our specialists

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All our clinicians are here to work with you and achieve the best outcome.

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Available programme and support

Programme and support

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer accounts for just 2.5% of all cancers diagnosed.

Programme and support

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer.

Programme and support

Uterine / endometrial cancers

Cancer of the uterus is also called cancer of the womb, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer or cancer of the lining of the womb.

Programme and support

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal and vulval cancers are very confronting for women to deal with.

Programme and support

​Vulval cancer

Vulval cancer is a cancer that arises from the tissues of the vulva.

The Epworth Freemasons Gynaecology department has visiting specialists including gynae-oncology surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists and fertility and medical specialists.

Features of the Women's Health Unit include:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Coffee and tea making facilities in ward kitchen
  • Experienced regular staff trained in gynaecological care and midwifery
  • Fridges and Queen Size beds in some rooms
  • Inpatient Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy
  • Nursery
  • Pre-admission Facilitator (Registered Nurse)

Patient Needs

Epworth Freemasons is equipped with a 33-bed ward, catering for patients with a variety of gynaecological conditions. Unit staff members are supported by a full-time clinical educator and regular in-service education is provided. Surgical cases include:

  • Extensive surgery for gynaecological cancers
  • Hysterectomies
  • Major laparoscopic work

This unit is supported by experienced operating theatre staff and specialised ward nurses. In addition, a highly experienced clinical nurse specialist in gynaecological oncology is available to provide emotional and physical support as well as practical information prior to surgery, as well as during hospitalisation and convalescence.

Visitors

Visiting hours are:

  • 11:00am-8:00pm (for general patients)
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm for Maternity patients

No visiting:

  • 1:30-2:30pm (rest time)

More information

Most doctors provide written information about relevant procedures, including a patient pathway brochure produced by the ward. The pathway outlines the expected day-to-day procedures and progress, as well as discharge advice.

Further general information is available on the ward, while more specific information can be obtained from the gynaecological clinical nurse specialist.

Gynaecological Oncology

A Brachytherapy Unit, for radiological treatment of gynaecological cancers, is available at Epworth Freemasons. A full range of surgery is also offered, including:

  • Cone biopsy
  • D & C
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Vaginal and ovarian surgery
  • Vulval

Prevention screening programs (pap smears) are available to all women. Early detection and treatment may help prevent further development and progression of problems. A Colposcopy and Laser Clinic is also available for the management of abnormal smears.

Available programme and support

Programme and support

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer accounts for just 2.5% of all cancers diagnosed.

Programme and support

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer.

Programme and support

Uterine / endometrial cancers

Cancer of the uterus is also called cancer of the womb, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer or cancer of the lining of the womb.

Programme and support

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal and vulval cancers are very confronting for women to deal with.

Programme and support

​Vulval cancer

Vulval cancer is a cancer that arises from the tissues of the vulva.

Available programme and support

Programme and support

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer accounts for just 2.5% of all cancers diagnosed.

Programme and support

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer.

Programme and support

Uterine / endometrial cancers

Cancer of the uterus is also called cancer of the womb, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer or cancer of the lining of the womb.

Programme and support

Vaginal cancer

Vaginal and vulval cancers are very confronting for women to deal with.

Programme and support

​Vulval cancer

Vulval cancer is a cancer that arises from the tissues of the vulva.

Related services

Clinical institute

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Institute

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Prof Gabor Kovacs
Director
All our obstetricians are specialists, supported by experienced midwives. Epworth also treats a wide spectrum of gynaecological conditions.