At Cabrini, we offer the complete range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with brain tumours, delivered by highly-skilled and compassionate specialists. Our unique offering includes Australia’s only neuro-oncology program that extends care from the hospital to the home to ensure patients’ needs are met in a holistic way.
Phone: (03) 9508 1514
GPs can call 1800 BRAINS for an urgent neurosurgical review 24/7
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Our experienced team are experts in neuro-oncology, a field of cancer treatment focused on diagnosing and treating patients with brain tumours. But it’s not just our technical expertise that sets us apart. We know a brain cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for you and your family, and our team will support you through both the physical and emotional challenges. A spirit of compassion underpins every step of the journey at Cabrini and we are sensitive to your social, cultural and spiritual needs.
We know that the best treatment begins with an accurate and timely diagnosis, which is why we prioritise your care, ensuring all patients with a suspected brain tumour are seen by a neurosurgeon without delay. To make the process as smooth as possible, our diagnostic and treatment services are all based in the one convenient location at Cabrini’s Malvern hospital. The neuro-oncology team - made up of specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals – will work together to create a personalised treatment plan, and respond to all of your questions and concerns. Our team consists of:
When you choose Cabrini for your care, you will also be connected to our Neuro-oncology Program. This program is Australia’s only dedicated service for patients with primary brain tumours which extends care from hospital into your home. Your healthcare team will integrate your care from the hospital bed to your home, allowing us to guide you and your family every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
Our Nurses will meet with you after your brain cancer diagnosis or when you access our continuing care programs, and work alongside your doctors and allied health professionals to address your physical and mental health needs. The aim of the program is to help patients to live well in their own environment and support carers to ensure they are providing safe and comfortable care. It’s just one of the ways we aim to optimise your quality of life and providing crucial assistance to families and carers.
The services provided by our specialist neuro-oncology nurses include:
Download our neuro-oncology nursing brochure to find out more.
Cabrini is home to Australia’s only neuro-oncology service which extends care from hospital into the patient’s home, providing unparalleled support to patients and their families throughout illness and recovery.
We provide rapid access to neurosurgery for newly identified brain tumours via our 24/7 1800 BRAINS hotline. All patients will be seen within a minimum of seven days. Urgent cases can be seen even sooner.
“My experience of being treated by the Cabrini brain cancer team has been incredible. The team is filled with an inspirational bunch of people who fill every day with hope and positivity.” – Bonnie, age 38
“Monday October 16 sits firmly in my mind as a time of my life that was of significant importance. This day I was to undergo an awake craniotomy, quite a serious procedure. Approaching this, along with everything else I do with positivity, I was made to feel completely at ease by everyone at Cabrini who worked as a consummate team. Everyone, from the fellow wheeling me to an MRI, to the nurses checking in on me, to the surgical team who I can say did an amazing job, as I was awake for a small part of it! I have nothing but praise and admiration for the Cabrini team. Total care from the oncology through to the surgical care was fantastic. Today I am still positive, having regular checks and ongoing consultations that I am very happy with.” – Matthew, age 50
At Cabrini our neuro-oncology patients can access a range of services, which may include:
The Brain Tumour Equipment Bank provides access to specialist equipment, such as: beds, hygiene chairs and stair lifts for wheelchairs, so patients can stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
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At Cabrini we recognise that the diagnosis of brain cancer can place a significant financial burden on patients and their families. We have designed our programs to minimise the cost to our patients.
It can be difficult to determine the total out-of-pocket costs for an individual before treatment. It depends on your private health insurance policy and the type of medical tests and treatment you require.
Medicare will cover some of your outpatient and inpatient visits and your private health insurance will often cover many of the inpatient costs, including accommodation, tests and treatment. Every patient is different, so we recommend speaking to your doctors and health insurance provider about out of pocket costs. Please note: this is a guide only. For further details please contact your private health provider.
Victoria now offers four free programs for people experiencing financial hardship as the result of their cancer diagnosis: the Legal Referral Service, the Financial Planning Referral Service, the Workplace Advisory Service, and the Small Business Advice Service. These programs are delivered by industry professionals, who volunteer to help clients who cannot afford to pay for advice.
Cancer Council Victoria offers advice on how to navigate your finances when faced with a cancer diagnosis in its Cancer and Your Finances Guide. It also helps match clients with services that may be useful. At Cabrini we can also connect you with a social worker who can give you information about accessing superannuation and other financial information.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise when you are undergoing cancer treatment is proven to have profound benefits. Research shows that if you are active and eat well while you have medical treatment, it may improve your quality of life, reduce your risk of cancer recurrence, increase your chance of survival and extend your life.
However, it can be difficult to know what to eat and how much to exercise. That’s why Cabrini offers cancer patients advice on nutrition and exercise that is backed by science and tailored to individual circumstances. Our dietitians offer nutritional support during cancer treatment to help you with weight management and advise you on the correct meal choices.
We also have a team of exercise physiologists to support you with your exercise needs. The cancer experience can take a heavy physical and mental toll on patients, and exercise is a safe and effective way to counteract some of the side effects. The latest evidence suggests regular exercise before, during and/or following cancer treatment decreases the severity of adverse effects. It has also been linked to reduced risk of developing new cancers and conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Please ask your specialist for more information, or visit our Allied Health Centre page or call the centre on (03) 9508 1700 to book an appointment. The Cancer Oncology Society of Australia’s Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care is also a great source of information.
You will need a referral from your GP to see one of our neurosurgeons or neuro-oncologists. We ensure that all patients with brain cancer are seen immediately.
In addition to surgical and oncological services, we can support you with other care needs, such as: rehabilitation, education, community support, and palliative and supportive care. Please contact our neuro-oncology nurses on (03) 9508 1514 and they will help you access our programs.
For urgent cases please call our 24/7 brain tumour hotline: 1800 BRAIN. We will give you an immediate neurosurgical consultation for all brain tumours found through CT or MRI. We will immediately triage your patients and ensure they receive rapid access to appropriate care.
Alternatively, please complete our Brain Cancer Online Referral form.
Referrals to Cabrini’s medical services can be made directly to any of our specialists, including our neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists. To find a specialist please visit our Find a Doctor directory.
Alternatively, if the matter is urgent, the Cabrini Malvern Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED team can provide a referral to the most appropriate specialist to meet your patients’ need.