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About bowel cancer services at Cabrini

At Cabrini, the expert clinical care provided by our team of healthcare professionals is backed by a range of advanced treatments. At Cabrini, we treat more patients with bowel cancer than any other private or public hospital in Victoria.

Our services include:

  • Surgery – our highly-skilled surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, enhanced by the use of state-of-the-art technology
  • Onsite chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted treatments
  • Clinical trials to ensure a high standard of care and improved prospects for survival
  • Genetic counselling
  • Living with Cancer, a free group education session, located at Cabrini Brighton
  • Look Good, Feel Better program
  • Medical imaging, including state-of-the-art PET (positron emission tomography) scan and interventional radiology, including PICC lines and ports
  • On-site radiotherapy with GenesisCare Radiation Oncology
  • Pain and palliative care services
  • Pastoral care services
  • Psycho-oncology, psychiatry, dietetics/nutrition, physiotherapy, exercise physiology and rehabilitation programs
  • Stomal therapy
  • Surgery
  • Wig and headwear service – a free wig service located at Cabrini Brighton
  • General Enquiries

    Phone: (03) 9508 1222
    Additional Contact No: (03) 9508 5888
  • Operating Hours

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

    Emergency Department
    Cabrini Malvern
    24 hours, 7 days a week

    Inpatient wards
    24 hours, 7 days a week

  • Referrals

    If you have been diagnosed with a bowel cancer your GP will refer you to a specialist at Cabrini hospital. Your GP can help select the most suitable specialist to treat you. Alternatively, you can visit the Find a Doctor directory for a list of our specialists.

    At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with bowel cancer receive prompt treatment. We aim to assign new patients to a specialist within hours of an urgent referral and within a week for non-urgent referrals.

    We have all the support services required for your care in one location, including all medical imaging and pathology services. This ensures coordinated care and reduces stress during what can be a challenging time.

    At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with a bowel cancer receive prompt treatment. We aim to triage new patients within hours of an urgent referral and within a week for non-urgent referrals.

    When referring a patient to a Cabrini specialist, please include all pathology and imaging test results. Please note Cabrini offers comprehensive pathology and medical imaging onsite.

    Our specialists are available to give you advice on your patient and discuss diagnostic and treatment plans. If your patient is unwell our specialists can directly admit them for inpatient treatment. For a list of our specialists visit the 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.

Why choose Cabrini for your bowel cancer treatment?

Cabrini is renowned for providing exceptional treatment for patients with bowel cancer and pioneering research in the bid to find a cure.

Cabrini Health has pioneered the use of multidisciplinary meetings and teams in the private sector in Australia and these have been held twice per month since 2005.  All patients with cancer care are ensured of an MDM (multi-disciplinary meeting) comprehensive plan, as required. Our MDMs are now held via Zoom to allow maximum participation and include involvement with their local general practitioner and individual treating specialists if you are from rural areas.

The Binational Colorectal Cancer Audit of the CSSANZ was developed through the Department of Surgery at Cabrini and as such we have been leaders in quality assurance for nearly 20 years.

Every patient treated for bowel cancer at Cabrini is assessed through our Colorectal Neoplasia Database to ensure the highest quality care.  We have pioneered the ‘ISO’ (Individual Surgeon Outcome) quality assurance program to ensure that treatment results for all of our colorectal surgeons are world leading. Our Department of Surgery, in collaboration with the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, have initiated world leading programs in bowel cancer research through the use of tissue organoids and tumour microarrays paired to clinical outcome data.

Our PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) program means that every patient being treated for bowel cancer at Cabrini is involved in the assessment of their care, their quality of life, and preservation of their day to day functions, including bowel function, sexual function and the capacity to engage in life to the fullest.  This is the first Internet based PROMs program for colorectal cancer in Australia.

Cabrini is the highest volume bowel cancer treatment centre in Australia.  With our leading specialists and our mantra of quality and research, you are ensured the highest level of care at Cabrini Health.

Our specialists

The specialist doctors who treat bowel cancer at Cabrini Malvern and Brighton are among the most highly trained and specialised clinicians in Australia.  They have trained at major world leading cancer treatment centres, including Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. Our surgeons are all specialist colorectal surgeons and accredited with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand.

The specialists and medical professionals listed below are active members of the bowel cancer multidisciplinary team reviewing patient cases on a regular basis. For a comprehensive list of Cabrini specialists, please visit our Find a Doctor page.

Find a Colorectal SurgeonFind a Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer (LBBC), a Cabrini initiative, aims to raise awareness and significantly reduce deaths related to bowel cancer through health promotion programs focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment of the condition and raise funds to support clinical research.

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer relies on the generosity of the community through philanthropic support.

Visit the LBBC website to find out more. To support this important work, visit here.

"No one really expects to get bowel cancer. Yet it is surprisingly common as I found out. When it happened, it was quite a shock to me and my family. Being 50, fit and healthy I did not think it was possible. I can only say the challenge of dealing with bowel cancer was made easier by the professionalism and care of the surgeons, medical teams, nurses and staff at Cabrini. They were amazing." James, Age 51

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