Northland DHB Cancer & Blood Service
Public Service, Oncology, Cancer Network Group
Northland DHB Cancer and Blood Service
- Medical consultation and outpatient chemotherapy treatment for cancer and haematological disorders.
- Links to specialised nurses, palliative care, the Cancer Society and Auckland Oncology Services.
- Radiation oncologist consultations provided by visiting radiation oncologists.
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 and other medicines (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 Cancer & Blood Service also consists of specialist nurses, allied health workers and social workers as the diagnosis of cancer can affect people and their families in many ways. The Cancer & Blood Service also works alongside hospices and the Cancer Society who provide support to people with the diagnosis of cancer.
Usually referral to the Cancer & Blood Service is by letter from another doctor, such as a GP or surgeon. One of our consultants oncologists will read through the letter and ask our clerical staff to book an appointment, taking account of the urgency of the condition.
When you come to Cancer & Blood Outpatients you will be seen by an oncologist or a haematologist who will ask questions about your illness, examine you, and discuss the management of your condition. We encourage people to bring a family member or other support person to sit in on their visit.
You will then see a cancer nurse who will talk to you about your treatment and what to expect.
People you may meet:
Tumour Stream Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Social Worker or Health Psychologist
Māori & Pacific Islands Cancer Nurse Navigator
|Mon – Fri||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
We are closed weekends and public holidays
Public Holidays: Closed Northland Anniversary (31 Jan), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan — 7 Jan.
Procedures / Treatments
Making the Diagnosis
Cancer is diagnosed with a number of tests but usually a biopsy is needed. This is where a sample of the tumour/growth is sent to the laboratory to be examined under the microscope. This can tell the doctors exactly what type of cancer is present and guides them to what… More
Surgery is the oldest form of treatment for cancer. Surgery offers the greatest chance for cure for many types of cancer, especially those cancers that have not yet spread to other parts of the body.… More
Chemotherapy and Infections
Chemotherapy reduces the production of white blood cells made by your bone marrow.… More
Implantable ports (sometimes called portacaths or subcutaneous ports) are often used to give chemotherapy treatment and/or other medicines to both adults and children with cancer.… More
Hospitals and cancer treatment centres
- Public hospitals
Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Lung, Breast, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Prostate, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Sarcoma, Childhood Cancers, Others
Tea and coffee provided. If your treatment is over the whole day, lunch will also be provided. Feel free to bring any snacks with you.
The Jim Carney Cancer Centre is on Hospital Road opposite the Whangārei Hospital.
Parking is just past the building, turn left, through the public carpark access and follow directions to "Undercover Parking". Please note there is internal access from the Centre carpark via two flights of stairs, but a drop off area is available for patients outside the main entrance. The first hour is free then charges apply after this first hour, the pay machine is also EFTPOS only.
There are two mobility spaces available at the front of the Centre and parking is free on the day you receive treatment.
(09) 470 3261 or 0800 466265 (0800 4oncology)
Jim Carney Cancer Centre
Jim Carney Cancer Centre
Cancer & Blood Service
Private Bag 9742
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This page was last updated at 8:55AM on October 18, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Cancer & Blood Service.