Tweed and John Flynn Cancer Clinic | Special patient services
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Special patient services

The Tweed Cancer Clinic offers a range of treatments for people diagnosed with cancer and haematological conditions. We have extensive experience in caring for patients requiring apheresis or stem cell collection, and for lymphoedema sufferers. We also offer patients the option of emerging treatment through clinical trials.

Clinical trials

Through clinical trials we aim to deliver patients and clinicians with access to new and emerging advances in cancer treatment. Clinical trials not only lead to significant advancements in cancer care, but allow patients to receive additional treatment options, beyond standard care.

 

Through our partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and research organisations of all sizes, we manage and coordinate first-class clinical research trials both nationally and internationally.

Stem cell collection

In some cancers, such as certain haematological disorders, stem cells can be collected to store in case patients require a stem cell transplant later on. The Tweed Cancer Clinic is experienced in caring for patients requiring stem cell collection and works closely with hospitals and pathology services to ensure patients are given seamless care.

Our qualified care coordinators manage and facilitate the mobilisation, collection and storage of a patient’s stem cells, and care is under the supervision of a patient’s specialist.

Please speak to your specialist for more information on stem cell collection.

Apheresis

The Tweed Cancer Clinic has been routinely offering safe apheresis treatment since 1997 and today provides Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) and Stem Cell Collection (SCC) in both a day only and inpatient environment. During an apheresis procedure, a component of the blood that contributes to a disease state, such as platelets or plasma, is removed using a special cell separator or apheresis machine. Trained apheresis registered nurses, under the supervision of our specialist medical practitioners, perform all apheresis procedures and are focused on ensuring optimum patient safety, comfort and treatment outcomes.

Please speak to your specialist for more information on apheresis.

Lymphoedema

The Tweed Cancer Clinic is able to manage lymphoedema, a condition where excess fluid causes swelling in the body. Secondary lymphoedema can occur following surgery, radiotherapy, trauma or other damage to the lymphatic system following treatment for cancer.

The clinic teaches patients early intervention, how to self-manage and to take control of their lymphoedema. An interdisciplinary team of health professionals including medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are involved in all programs.