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Northland DHB Cancer & Blood Service

Public Service, Oncology, Cancer Network Group


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Northland DHB Cancer and Blood Service

We provide:

  • 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.

What is Cancer?
Everyone’s body is made up of millions of cells, which normally grow, divide and are renewed in a balanced or programmed way. Sometimes this process is disrupted and the cells grow in an uncontrolled way – a solid group of these cells is called a tumour.  Other words commonly used for tumour is growth or mass, and it can mean the same thing.
A tumour/growth can be benign (grows but will not spread into different parts of the body) or malignant (spreads into different parts of the body as well as grows locally). Tumours spread by cells travelling through the lymphatic system (the body’s cleaning system) to lymph nodes (often known as glands) or through blood to other organs in the body. These cells can then multiply.  If this happens the cancer is called metastatic.
Cancer isn't contagious, so you can go on being close to family and friends.

Referral Expectations

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

Oncology Nurses

Social Worker or Health Psychologist

Māori & Pacific Islands Cancer Nurse Navigator


Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre - Introduction


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

We are closed weekends and public holidays

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Northland Anniversary (30 Jan), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).

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

  • Surgical Treatment

    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 Port

    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

Services Provided

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Chemotherapy
  • Public hospitals

Cancer Types

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.

Contact Details

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jim Carney Cancer Centre
Hospital Rd

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Jim Carney Cancer Centre
Hospital Rd

Postal Address

Whangārei Hospital
Cancer & Blood Service
Maunu Road
Private Bag 9742
Whangārei 0148

This page was last updated at 8:40AM on May 30, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Cancer & Blood Service.