At Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, we want you to feel empowered to be an active participant in your cancer treatment. Your care team of doctors, nurses and therapists will help you make informed decisions about what is right for you and your individual circumstances.
Meet your team
Your cancer treatment will involve different medical, nursing and allied health professionals who will work together as a team to consider the best treatment options for you. Research shows that this approach, known as multidisciplinary care, significantly improves survival outcomes and quality of life for people with cancer.
From the time of your diagnosis to the end of your treatment, you and your family will have access to many resources, specialists and services to support you through your treatment experience. As a patient, we encourage you to play an active and collaborative role in your treatment plan.
Your multidisciplinary team:
Getting the most from your treatment
We will do our best to ensure you have all the information you need to get the best from your cancer treatment. You and your family and carers are active participants in your care.
Speak up, ask and clarify as much as you need to fully understand your treatment. Your care team is here to help and make sure you understand your treatment. You may write down any questions you and your carers have in advance of any appointments. Take notes, record the discussion or take a loved one with you to discuss the issues.
Help prevent infection. Cancer and its treatment can weaken your immune system, meaning you may be more susceptible to infection.
Signs of infection include fever, sweats or chills, cold and flu symptoms including a changing cough, mouth sores, stiff neck, redness, soreness or swelling around surgical wounds or ports, diarrhoea or vomiting or any new pain or bodily changes.
To minimise your risk of infection, monitor your body temperature for changes. If you develop a fever and feel warm, flushed, chilled or unwell, call your doctor or specialist nurse straight away or go to the emergency department of your closest hospital.
Stay up to date with your flu vaccination and keep your doctor and medical emergency contact numbers with you at all times.
Maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly and ask your family and members of your household to do the same. You may wish to carry hand sanitiser on you.