Northland DHB Oncology Services
Northland DHB Oncology Services is a satellite unit of Auckland DHB Oncology Services
- medical consultation with visiting Auckland specialists (Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Haematology) for treatment plan/options
- links to specialised nurses, palliative care, the Cancer Society and Auckland Oncology Services
- liaison with regional support services to provide support to you and your family
- outpatient chemotherapy programmes managed by your Northland DHB Oncology team.
What is Oncology?
Oncology is the area of medicine involving cancer. An oncologist is a doctor specialising in the treatment of cancer either with chemotherapy (medical oncologist) or radiation (radiation oncologist). Other doctors are involved in the treatment of cancer such as haematologists (doctors who specialise in cancer and other diseases of the blood), surgeons, palliative care specialists (doctors who specialise in the treatment of symptoms from cancer that cannot be cured) and general physicians (who often are involved in the diagnosis of cancer). If you have cancer you are likely to be referred to some of these doctors depending on the type of treatment that is advised. The Oncology Service also consists of specialised nurses, therapists and social workers as the diagnosis of cancer can affect people and their families in many ways. The Oncology Department also works alongside hospices and the Cancer Society www.cancernz.org.nz who provide support to people with the diagnosis of cancer.