Medical Oncology

The Department of Medical Oncology

The Medical Oncology Department at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre focuses on the care, treatment and management of patients with cancer.

This includes managing solid tumours such as breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and others, through the provision of chemotherapy and supportive care in a multidisciplinary environment.

Outpatient clinics are conducted by the Department at a number of locations in Canberra and rural NSW. Full outpatient and inpatient treatments are available at most locations.

Refer a Patient

Patients must have a valid referral from a general practitioner or from another specialist

The Canberra Region Cancer Centre at the Canberra Hospital is the main treatment location of the Department of Medical Oncology. Staff Specialist outpatient clinics are conducted on Level 2 of the Canberra Region Cancer Centre each day and access to a wide range of multidisciplinary services is available.

Referrals can be faxed to: Medical Oncology (02) 6244 4266.

Find a Specialist

The Medical Oncology team comprises a wide-range of cutting edge medical oncology expertise to deliver best practice cancer medicine.

  • Professor Desmond Yip, MBBS FRACP
    Clinical Director, Department of Medical Oncology
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Professor, ANU Medical School.
  • Associate Professor Paul Craft, MMBS MPH FRACP
    Clinical Director, Canberra Region Cancer Centre
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Associate Professor, ANU Medical School
  • Professor Robin Stuart-Harris, MBBS MD FRCP FRACP
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Professor of Oncology, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Alison Davis, MBBS MSc FRACP
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Senior Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Nicole Gorddard, MB BS FRACP
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr David Leong, MB BS FRACP
    Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Senior Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Yu Jo Chua, MB BS FRACP
    Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Senior Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Ganesalingam Pranavan, MB BS AMC FRACP
    Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Sayed Ali, MB BS FRACP
    Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Laeeq Malik MB BS FRACP
    Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Lecturer, ANU Medical School
  • Dr Divyanshu Dua MBBS FAGE FRACP
    Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology
    Clinical Lecturer, ANU Medical School

Research

The team particularly emphasises research in the advancement of ACT Health's medical oncology services. Consultants of the department serve on a number of expert advisory committees and actively contribute to collaborative research groups.

The Department of Medical Oncology contributes data to the ACT and SE NSW Breast Cancer Treatment Group prospective database monitoring best practice management of breast cancer in the region. These data have been collected since 1997. Patients with early breast cancer are also being invited to participate in the Breast Cancer Tissue Bank Project where serum and tumour tissues are being stored with matching clinical information for research purposes.
This is a national collaboration with the Westmead Millenium Institute.

The Canberra Sarcoma Group is a multidisciplinary group with expertise in management of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. The group contributes to a national registry under the auspices of the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group.

ACT Health is a member institution of the BioGrid Australia project which links clinical and research databases aross a number of academic centre's throughout Australia to enable collaborative research and benchmarking.

The department is also involved in contributing to a national neuroendocrine tumour registry for furthering study of these rare tumours.

The unit has also participated in the ACT CanNET Project to better link regional and metropolitan cancer services by improving access to quality, clinically-effective cancer services. Major steps have been made in the development of gynaecological referral guidelines, the operations of multidisciplinary teams and scoping and introduction of Telehealth services.

The Department supports an active clinical trials program and is involved with collaborative research across different areas of oncology. Many in-house research projects are also conducted.

Details of our research program and publications are available through the following links:

Teaching

The Department of Medical Oncology is an academic unit of the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School and part of the Division of Cancer, Ambulatory and Community Health Support.

Staff are involved in student teaching, examinations, registrar training and curriculum development as well as supervision of research projects.

The Department is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for registrars undertaking Advanced Training in Medical Oncology both for core and elective years. Accreditation is also available for Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care trainees working in the Department. Rotational terms are also available for Basic Physicians Training and JMOs.

Experience can be gained in most subspecialties of medical oncology in a multidisciplinary setting. There are close ties with Clinical Haematology, Palliative Care and Radiation Oncology. A joint journal club as well as a formal registrar teaching program is held with Radiation Oncology.

Advanced trainees also participate in rural outreach clinics in NSW as well as the Zita Mary Clinic at Calvary Hospital.