Integrated Cancer Centre
The San Integrated Cancer Centre will be a state-of-the-art centre of excellence which builds on the San's existing expertise, experience and world-class reputation providing an integrated treatment centre for patients with cancer and other chronic diseases.
The centre will have a cutting edge and holistic approach to treatment of all major disease types through a single point of patient entry to one warm, caring and peaceful diagnostic, treatment and support precinct.
This major new development will be purpose built to provide the gold-standard in cancer diagnosis, treatment, management and care
through a world-recognised, coordinated and supportive multidisciplinary care model.
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Patients will be guided through their screening, diagnosis, treatment and recovery by our compassionate and skilled staff who understand all aspects of their disease and who oversee their journey between various diagnostic services and treatments. Emerging research data indicates that access by cancer patients to integrated and co-ordinated care extends lives.
The design of the Centre will enable information sharing, cross consultation between specialists, and multidisciplinary review of individual patients.
The beauty of the Sydney Adventist Hospital model of multidisciplinary care is that we can provide the opinion of many specialists for a patient’s diagnosis and treatment without the patient having to go and see them all... in about 20% of cases the management plan of the patient will be refined once it’s discussed by the multidisciplinary team - this is clearly to the patient’s advantage."
Associate Professor Dr. Michael Hughes
Chairman Multidisciplinary Breast Care Team, Sydney Adventist Hospital
We know through international experience that this new Centre and the way in which it manages and coordinates care will change the journey of what traditionally can be a traumatic and distressing time for patients. It will maximise the outcomes in terms of both survival and quality of life. The patient care navigators will play a significant role in smoothing and guiding the way for patients. It’s the standard of care I want for my patients and it’s a milestone in the already excellent history of patient care at the San."
Associate Professor Dr Arthur Richardson
Chair Gastro-Intestinal Multidisciplinary Team,
Sydney Adventist Hospital
Promoting Health & Wellness
The new centre will facilitate health and wellness by incorporating natural light and fresh air fostering an open and spiritually uplifting ambiance throughout. The design will also feature a healing garden and children's play area.
Secure, inviting, warm and user friendly, it will aim to maximise clinical outcomes and enhance patient safety, and patient, doctor and staff satisfaction. Patients will enter the centre via a common reception area with comfortable waiting spaces and easy access.
Integrated cancer services provided within or easily accessible from the centre will include;
- Cancer screening
- Medical Oncology
- Surgical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Nuclear Medicine including PET scanning
- Oncology consulting
- Genetic testing
- Day Infusion services
- Speciality Nursing
- Pain management
- Clinical trials
- Palliative Care
- Cancer Outreach (Home Care) Program
- Subsidised residential accommodation
- Support, counselling and education resources
- Complementary therapies
Empirical evidence confirms that designs which connect humans to the lived experience enhance our overall sense of wellbeing, with positive and therapeutic consequences on physiology."
Salingaros and Marsden, Buildings to Life Conference
Yale University May 2006
The Cancer Centre will also benefit from links to the Australasian Research Institute, the San’s onsite research facilities.
Translation from research to clinical practice can occur when research scientists and clinicians come together in one facility. The Clinical Trials Unit at the Centre participates in national and international clinical trials and early drug development studies providing advances in cancer care.
Patients receiving cancer treatment at the San have access to national and international clinical trials of new and targeted treatments that they would not otherwise have access to. The San is a major contributor to academic and clinical research and is at the cutting edge of current and future cancer treatments.”
Associate Professor Dr Gavin Marx,
Medical Oncologist and Medical Director San Clinical Trials Unit.
Benefiting Patients Australia-Wide
The Centre's design and integrated model of care is based on some of the most renowned Cancer Centres in the world and will benefit patients Australia-wide.
Cancer types treated will include;
- Colorectal (colon and rectal)
- Head and neck (Larynx Pharynx and Oral)
- Central nervous system (Malignant Glioma, Cerebral Metastases)
- Haematological (Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Immediate Grade Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma)
- Gynaecological (Ovarian)
- Genitourinary (Prostate, testicular)
- Upper Gastrointestinal (Pancreatic, Oesophagogastric)
Most places don’t offer patients what the new integrated centre will... When I was ill, I was feeling sick and dealing with the aftermath of treatment... I had no idea what I was going to do. I felt like I was ‘lost in transition’... on the edge of a huge abyss. Luckily, after that I found the San. You come here and your body can be treated but people here are also interested in you as a human being... it really did save my life in many ways."
Jane Ewins, Cancer Survivor
Building on the Reputation of the San
The new Integrated Cancer Centre will reflect and build on the San's reputation and commitment to the continuous provision of high quality medical services, state-of-the-art technology, a holistic approach to healthcare nurturing mental, spiritual and physical wholeness, promoting healthy living, providing healing treatments and touching people's lives through compassionate and expert care.
Some of the San's recent notable distinctions for clinical excellence and cancer include:
- Awarded the prestigious Australian Private Hospitals Association Award for Clinical Excellence (1996 and 2006)
- The San Cancer Support Centre and Jacaranda Lodge was honoured with a 'Special Recommendation Award' in the Australian Private Hospital Association Community Involvement Awards (2007)
- The San Cancer Support Centre won the "Look Good... Feel Better" program NSW and ACT Hospital 'Location of the Year Award' (2008)
Sydney Adventist Hospital stands out in the way it has consciously managed to integrate supportive care and clinical services and community outreach... it provides exemplary cancer care and is generally regarded as best practice...it is held in very high regard."
Dr Andrew Penman,
CEO Cancer Council NSW