MACARTHUR CANCER SERVICE
The Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre (MCTC) opened in February 2003, providing cancer services to the adult population of Macarthur, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee. The centre offers Oncology Consultative Services, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Allied Health and Support Services.Our hours of business are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays
Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre
Maps, Transport & Parking
The Macarthur Cancer Therapy Patient Transport Service is available to cancer patients within the Camden/Campbelltown local area who require transport to and from the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre. The bus is operated by the MCTC Driver and there is no medical equipment or medical staff on board.
Patients requiring travel to and from the MCTC will be assessed by the MCTC Social Worker.
Cancer Council - Southern Highlands Transport Service
Cancer patients from the Southern Highlands who require transport to treatment at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre or to see a doctor or specialist, can access the Southern Highlands Patient Transport Service. Carers, family and friends visiting patients at the Camden Hospital palliative care unit are also welcome, is seating is available.
Macarthur Chemotherapy Suite
Chemotherapy is provided in our Day Centre by a team of experienced and trained nursing staff.
Education material is provided on the side effects of each chemotherapy course advised or prescribed.
Chemotherapy is prescribed through an electronic system and is the most advanced and safest in Australia. Over 9,000 chemotherapy services are delivered each year.
Chemotherapy consultations are bulk billed. Prescription co-payment is required according to the PBS Pharmaceutical Guidelines.
Macarthur Radiation Treatment
Radiation treatment is delivered via 2 linear accelerators. The latest in technology and information systems enables safe and accurate radiation treatment, and electronic management of patient information. The advanced XIO planning system uses CT Scanning techniques to evaluate and direct exact treatment delivery. Over 10,000 treatment were delivered in 2012 by our experienced and highly trained radiation therapy staff. Radiation nurses are involved in assessment of any side effects that may be experienced from the treatment.
Bulk billed consultations are available to all patients within the Cancer Therapy Centre
Macarthur Oncology Clinic Consultations
New patient assessments are provided by Medical and Radiation Oncologists as well as Allied Health services in Social Work, Occupation Therapy, Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Speech Pathology.
Multi Disciplinary Team Meetings are a key aspect of modern cancer care and these are available to all patients who are seen at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre.
Video conference facilities link our staff to UNSW, UWS Clinical School, Bathurst University, Surgeons, Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians at Liverpool hospital and other centres.
The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer
The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Inc. is an incorporated body that has raised over $1.3 million over the past six years for services for the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, Camden Palliative Care Unit and Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit.
100% of funds raised go back into the local services. It is run by volunteers and the major event is a 24 Hour Against Cancer walk held in October each year.
Nursing Assessment Unit
The Acute Ambulatory Nursing Assessment Unit was opened in MCTC in March 2008 and operates Monday to Friday. The unit provides assessment and management of toxicities and complications for patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The implementation of the Assessment Unit and establishment of the Assessment Nurse role continues to demonstrate reduced waiting times from patient presentation to review by the Assessment Nurse and Medical Officer, decreased time from patient presentation to commencement of treatment and less patients requiring presentation and admission to the Emergency Department.
The MCTC Acute Ambulatory Nursing Assessment Unit ('Oncology Patients Emergency Assessment Outside of the ED') was a finalist in the 2011 NSW Health Awards in the category 'Cancer Services Award for Excellence in the Provision of Cancer Services'.
Clinical Psychology Services
People affected by cancer may experience a wide range of emotions and concerns, as they attempt to understand and adjust to the abrupt changes that are happening in their lives. It is common and understandable for the patient as well as their carers and families to find the experience difficult at times.
Provides a Therapeutic Counselling Service as well as Case Management and Practical assistance to clients. The model of care Social Work practices from is a Client Focused Continuity of Care Model.
Provides assessment and intervention for oncology and palliative patients who are experiencing functional limitations and require equipment or task modification to maintain their independence or support their carers as their functional abilities change. The Lymphoedema Clinic is also a part of the Occupational Therapy department and provides early education and intervention to clients who have had surgery to remove lymph nodes, and to monitor and manage any changes to their limb volume over time.
The focus of physiotherapy is to provide education and intervention to aim to maintain safe and independent mobility and function.
A range of therapies are offered to patients and their primary carer during and following their treatment. Therapies offered include: massage therapy, acupuncture and exercise programs.
Look Good... Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral national community service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self esteem and thereby manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. Guided by volunteers through our program, they master simple cosmetic techniques, explore hair alternatives and learn about cosmetic hygiene and skin care. Participants take home a complimentary kit of cosmetics that are generously donated by the Cosmetic Industry.
The MCTC Volunteers provide an invaluable support service to the patients, carers, visitors and staff of the MCTC. They assist patients to complete relevant paperwork at their initial visit to the MCTC and where possible provide a "Meet and Greet" Patient orientation to our centre. The volunteers offer refreshments to patient and their carers and provide the opportunity for the 'ever important chat'. Where appropriate, our volunteers are available to escort patients and carers to other areas of the hospital. The MCTC volunteers enthusiastically organise and participate in Cancer council events including Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and Pink Ribbon day.
The Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre Wig Library is accessible to patients of the MCTC. The wig library provides a wide range of wigs, turbans and headwear for patients who experience hair loss. Wig styles and colours are regularly updated and our friendly team of staff and volunteers at the Wig Library will ensure you receive support and advice to help you with your selection.
Macarthur Cancer Therapy Center Video Presentation
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