Flinders and Southern Adelaide Health Service professionals have been working to improve cancer outcomes for many years. The following services and groups will continue to provide cancer treatments to patients, operating in collaboration with Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer specialists:
Treating both public and private patients, the Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre is housed in the Flinders Private Hospital and provides all radiotherapy to cancer patients treated at Flinders. With state-of-the-art equipment and a multidisciplinary team, the Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre offers a complete cancer service including planning, treatment and symptom management. Each week patients discuss their progress with a radiation oncologist and are tended to by radiation therapists and oncology nurses. The Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre is also involved in clinical trials to improve treatment outcomes.
Bowel Health Service
The Flinders Bowel Health Service is a world-leading research group involved in the development of new screening tests to prevent bowel cancer and the trialling of their impact. The Service resides at the Repatriation General Hospital and plays a crucial role in aiding the Southern Adelaide Health Service in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Consisting of therapeutic and symptom management, FMC Allied Health practitioners provide a range of services to cancer patients to aid in their overall health and wellness. Practitioners include Dietetics and Nutrition counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Pastoral Carers, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Counsellors and Speech Pathologists.
The multidisciplinary Flinders Breast Unit, located adjacent the Centre, provides a full diagnostic and clinical treatment service to South Australian breast cancer patients. Surgeons, pathologists, cytologists and radiologists work with patients from the one location, providing a one stop service. Approximately half of South Australia’s breast cancer cases are treated at the Flinders Breast Unit.
Flinders Breast Reconstruction Clinic
In 2008 Dr Nicola Dean helped establish the Flinders Breast Reconstruction Clinic for women who have undergone a full or partial mastectomy. The clinic informs women about their options and helps plan a reconstruction if appropriate. Dr Dean and her associates are also particularly interested in the psychological well-being of these patients and run research projects to improve surgery outcomes.
The Lymphoedema Clinic and Research Unit houses an internationally renowned lymphoedema assessment, prevention and treatment team led by Professor Neil Piller.
Lymphoedema is a swelling of the limbs which occurs in about 25% of men and women who have had surgical and or radiotherapy treatment for cancer of the breast (in women) and for cancers of the gastrointestinal and reproductive systems (men and women).
Professor Piller’s work and that of the members of his team in early detection and therapy help patients minimise the impact of lymphoedema. Strategies for early detection are based around Bio-impedance analysis of subtle change in limb and area fluids and by the conduct of regular screening programs in regional, rural and remote areas
Flinders based Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons provide a service to those requiring reconstructive surgery for lymphoedema, head and neck cancers, as well as skin and breast cancers.
Working in collaboration with the Flinders Breast Unit surgeons, the Flinders Southern Adelaide Diabetes & Endocrine Service helps support patients with thyroid cancer. Working with a multidisciplinary team, the service provides, diagnosis, treatment management and follow up for thyroid cancers, with Breast Unit specialists providing the surgical service.
Flinders Surgical Units
Some patients may be referred directly to a specialist surgeon if their cancer is operable. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, this surgeon will be the initial referral from the patient’s GP to plan the treatment and perform the operation. Depending on the case, the surgeon may work with the Centre if the patient requires further treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Health Practitioner Education
The FCIC provides practical training for the Flinders University School of Medicine and Flinders Department of Nursing, as well as a training ground for biomedical, social sciences and allied health students. For those students seeking specialist qualifications, the Flinders University School of Medicine offers a Master of Public Health with a Cancer Prevention stream.
SA Pathology provides integrated on-site cancer pathology services, incorporating clinical, diagnostic and research aspects of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. Cancer services currently provided include:
- Genetic testing services for familial breast and ovarian cancer. This service includes identification of gene mutations in high risk individuals and pre-cancer testing for family specific gene mutations.
- Genetic testing services for Li-Fraumeni cancer syndrome. This service includes identification of gene mutations in high risk individuals and pre-cancer testing for family specific gene mutations.
- Genetic testing services for met proto-oncogene mutations in familial renal cancer. They are currently the only service providing this test in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Participation in the Integrated Lymphoma Diagnostic service is the only integrated service of this kind in Australia and combines clinical, anatomical pathology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and sorting of cell populations and subsequent molecular analysis for lymphoma patients.
Operating out of the Repatriation General Hospital with clinics held at Flinders, the palliative care service supports patients with a life limiting disease. Palliative care involves aligning patients with the right services to relieve pain and suffering when a cure is no longer possible. SAPS works with patients, families and carers to provide services both at home and through clinics and collaborations with the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS), Carer Respite Centre, Daw House Hospice and Metropolitan Domiciliary Care. For detailed information about palliative care and associated resources, please visit CareSearch.
The SCOOP Program operates within the southern suburbs of Adelaide. Its main aim is to identify people who are at a higher than normal risk of developing colorectal cancer and enter them into surveillance programs using evidence based guidelines recommended by the National Health & Medical Research Council. The program looks for early signs of the disease by ensuring high risk individuals have appropriate tests within the recommended time frame.