(03) 5722 5194
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday
The Oncology Day Unit provides chemotherapy and supportive treatments to people affected by cancer. It also provides a range of treatments for people with other chronic illnesses.
The unit was redeveloped in 2009 using funds raised by the local community. There are eleven chemotherapy chairs and one bed in a spacious, well lit environment in which family and friends of patients are welcome. The Oncology Day Unit embraces a patient focused model of care.
The Oncology Day Unit is located on the ground floor of Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) between the Cafe and the Medical Imaging Department. You can access the unit by coming in the front entrance of the hospital on Green Street, turning left into the main corridor and walking past the cafe to the unit on the left. Alternatively you can come in through a dedicated driveway entrance that is situated between the Emergency Department and the main entrance where you are welcome to drive in to be dropped off or picked up.
Parking is available on the streets around the hospital. Cusack Street and Green Street in the block towards the overpass have all day parking. The area directly in front of the hospital is two hour parking.
Patients receiving chemotherapy in the unit are under the care of Medical Oncologists at Border Medical Oncology in Wodonga. Medical staff from NHW provide support to patients and staff in the unit.
What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It works by destroying or slowing the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy mainly affects fast-growing cells, like cancer cells. Other fast-growing cells can also be affected, like the cells that cause hair to grow. There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs. Usually, people have several at the same time but sometimes only one is used.
The aim of chemotherapy may be to cure cancer, to relieve symptoms, to help other treatments work better or to improve survival.
Who works in the unit?
The unit is staffed by enthusiastic and dedicate cancer nurses. Other support services are available and can be arranged for you when you are receiving treatment in the unit. These include:
- social work
- pastoral care
- breast care nurses
- lymphoedema therapy
- palliative care
- district nursing
- stomal therapy
What to expect
When you arrive at the unit you should check in at the front counter and you will be shown into a chair in the ward area. On your first visit you will have a discussion about your treatment and side effects with one of the nurse and you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
It is a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home after your first appointment for treatment. You might be able to drive yourself for subsequent treatments depending on how you feel.
What to bring
Some chemotherapy treatments can take several hours so you are welcome to bring a friend or family member for company, something to read or music to listen to. There is a portable DVD player that you can borrow for use while you are in the unit.
Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea are provided. There is also a well stocked lolly jar should you need some sugar during the day.
Bring a list of current medications you take including over the counter preparations such as vitamins, herbal or natural medicines. Take your usual medications unless your doctor has told you not to. Eat your usual breakfast before you come.
What to wear
You should wear comfortable clothes with loose sleeves as most chemotherapy drugs are given through an IV drip that will be inserted into your arm.
Where can you get more information?
Please call the unit if you have any questions or concerns before your appointment.
There is an enormous amount of information about cancer on the internet. Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Services have a number of links to reputable websites that can be accessed by clicking on this link. www.humerics.org.au/