Lung Cancer

Our lung cancer specialists are leaders in their field and will coordinate your treatment using the latest medical advancements. An expert team of compassionate healthcare professionals will work with you and your family to deliver personalised care.

General Inquiries

Phone: (03) 9508 1222

Operating Hours

Consulting rooms
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Out of hours consultations as required

Emergency Department
Cabrini Malvern
24 hours, 7 days a week

Inpatient wards
24 hours, 7 days a week

Referral

Required.

For Patients | For GPs

Locations

Cabrini Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern VIC 3144
(03) 9508 1222
Cabrini Brighton
243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9508 5888

Why choose Cabrini for your lung cancer care

The diagnosis of lung cancer can be very overwhelming. Unfortunately, lung cancer does not discriminate between men, women, smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers. Depending on the symptoms, condition and severity of the disease patients' needs can be very different. For this reason, team approach is crucial in the treatment of lung cancer. 

At Cabrini we involve all members of our team and review cases regularly, to develop an individualised care plan for each patient. Our lung unit team is comprised of highly skilled respiratory and interventional physicians, thoracic surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, psycho-oncologists, exercise physiologists, dietitians and specialist nurses.

We also understand the importance of involving you and your family in decisions about your care, and respecting your individual preferences. We offer a holistic approach at Cabrini and care for your physical, psychological and emotional needs.

“I felt the Cabrini staff were wonderful at every part of the process. Everyone remembers my name. But most of all I trust my doctor and my team to look after me.” – Noella, age 75

Fast access to lung cancer specialists and diagnostic services

If you choose to be treated at Cabrini you will have rapid access to leading clinical experts who use the latest technological and treatment innovations. We aim to see new patients within two to three days of diagnosis or referral. Medical imaging can usually be done the following day, and biopsies within three to five days. Following the initial assessment we provide fast referrals to our sub-specialty colleagues to allow appropriate treatment to start as soon as possible.

All support services are available in one location

Our team is here to support you throughout the different stages of your treatment, and help coordinate your care. To reduce stress for patients and allow for an integrated approach to care, our support and treatment options are available in the one location. These include rehabilitation services, respiratory programs, exercise physiologists and nutritional experts.

And thanks to our partnership with GenesisCare Radiation Oncology, we can offer the full array of radiation oncology techniques on site.

Lung cancer services offered

  • Biopsies
  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy or targeted treatments through day oncology or inpatient ward
  • Clinical trials, including Phase 1 studies and access to some drugs before they're government funded
  • Education programs and sessions, chemotherapy diary
  • Emergency Department 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Exercise programs tailored to your needs
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • The Look Good Feel Better program to manage the appearance related aspects of cancer treatment
  • Medical Imaging including PET scan and interventional radiology such as PICC lines and ports
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Nutrition service
  • Pain and palliative care services (consultant, outpatient, home based and dedicated inpatient care)
  • Pathology
  • Pastoral services
  • Psycho-oncology and psychiatry
  • Radiotherapy with Genesis Care
  • Second opinions
  • Scalp cooling technology, where applicable
  • Wig and headwear service – a free wig service for all patients, located at Cabrini Brighton

Lung cancer specialists

Thoracic surgeons

Respiratory physicians

Medical oncologists

Radiation oncologists

Psycho-oncology

  • Dr David Kissane
  • Dr Jane Fletcher

Nurse unit managers

  • Elizabeth Le Hunt – 4 South Malvern
  • Andrew Driver – 1 North Malvern

 

Useful resources

Commonly asked questions

  • What is lung cancer?

    Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung begin to grow abnormally. These cells multiply and form lumps known as tumours. As the tumours grow and spread, they can impact on other normal cells and organs, causing discomfort. They can also create challenges for other healthy parts of the body, making it harder for them to function normally. 

    The causes of lung cancer include: lifestyle, occupational exposure, pollution or genetics.

    Non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. It accounts for four out of five lung cancers.

    However, lung cancer can be made up of many different types of tumours such as: lung, mesothelioma, thymus cancer, small cell lung cancer and many rare cancers.

  • Who do I contact?

    If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and would like to attend Cabrini Hospital, please speak to your GP who can refer you to one of our experienced specialists. To help you navigate this difficult time, your specialist will coordinate your care and treatment, and arrange any further tests or scans you may need.

    Most of our patients are referred by their GP, but if you are concerned you may have lung cancer, you can visit our Emergency Department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our medical experts will refer you to the specialist that best suits your needs.

  • What are the wait times?

    At Cabrini we prioritise your care and know that you may have many questions requiring prompt answers so our specialists will see you within 2-3 days of the referral. If it’s urgent, your GP will call the specialist directly to arrange an appointment.

  • Are there clinical trials available?

    One of the benefits of being cared for at Cabrini is our dedication to world-class research. Our lung cancer patients can access pioneering treatments for certain types of lung cancer through an extensive clinical trials program delivered by the Cabrini Research and Education Institute.

    This could include taking part in international and national clinical trials, including Phase 1 studies that give patients the chance to try the latest breakthrough treatments. We are connected to special access programs that can allow patients to receive new drugs before they are subsidised by the government. 

    We also partner with several large academic hospitals in Melbourne to give our patients access to intensive treatments. 

  • How much will my treatment cost?

    It depends on your private health insurance policy and the type of medical tests and treatment you require. Every patient is different, so we recommend speaking to your doctors and health insurance provider about the expected associated costs. Generally, hospital cover policies pay the cost of in-hospital treatment charged by your specialist, and costs such as accommodation and theatre fees. You may need to pay a gap, which is the difference between the total fee charged by your doctor and any Medicare rebate and health fund benefit.

    Your specialist can explain to you the cost of their consultations. Often the first and second visits will cost more, and there will be a small out of pocket cost for subsequent outpatient visits. If you see the specialist in hospital, or on a day you are admitted for treatment, there will usually be no out of pocket cost or ‘gap’ for the consultation.

    Please note: this is a guide only. For further details please contact your private health provider.

  • Is financial assistance available?

    The Cancer Council Victoria offers cancer patients experiencing financial difficulties four free programs delivered by industry experts: the Legal Referral Service, the Financial Planning Referral Service, the Workplace Advisory Service and the Small Business Advice Service. More help is available in its Cancer and Your Finances Guide or by speaking to the Cancer Council Victoria who can help patients find services that may be useful.

    At Cabrini we can refer you to a social worker to help you understand the financial help that may be available to you, including how to access your superannuation early.

    We understand cancer patients can experience financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis and treatment, so we offer patients receiving certain treatments in the day unit a discount on services such as emergency admissions, pathology and radiology. Ask your doctor or nurse about the Cabrini Chemotherapy Card eligibility, and how it can be used to offset some of the costs of care. We are also making it easier for our patients by improving our billing information.

  • How important is food and exercise during treatment?

    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.