Cancer Services

Welcome to SVHM Cancer Services

The focus of cancer care services at SVHM is to manage all patients in a multidisciplinary setting bringing together expertise from a range of disciplines and specialists. Dedicated facilities and personnel support the conduct of multidisciplinary cancer meetings across a broad range of tumour streams.

Cancer Services is comprised of the following Departments:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Haematology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Psychosocial Cancer Care
  • Radiation Oncology (on site) provided by Genesis Care

We have a 20 in-patient ward, which is divided between; 12 heamatology beds (staffed at a 1:3 nursing ratio) and 8 oncology beds (staffed at a 1:4 nursing ratio) as per the Safe Patient Care Act (2019 amendment).

There are also strong contributions from:

  • Allied Health
  • Pathology
  • Diagnostic Imaging

Clinical research programs are embedded within the Cancer Service departments. Clinical drug trials and patient experience research is the focus of these programs. There is active engagement in medical education at all levels as well as nursing and allied health education.  Cancer Services is also strongly affiliated with the University of Melbourne in its research and teaching activities. St Vincent’s is a member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance.

There are Onco-Geriatric Clinics at the St Vincent’s Hospital Fitzroy site seeing older patients with cancer either face to face or via telehealth. More information about the clinics is available here - Onco-Geriatric Service

Our Team


A/Professor Sue Anne McLachlan
Medical Director of Oncology and Cancer Services
Telephone: (03) 9231 3155 

A/Professor Gavin Wright
Medical Director, Surgical Oncology
Telephone: (03) 9419 2477 

Dr Justin Dwyer
Medical Director Psychosocial Cancer Care
Telephone: (03) 9231 2057

A/ Professor Mark Boughey
Director Palliative Medicine
Telephone: (03) 9321 5604

A/Professor Constantine (Con) Tam
Director Clinical Haematology
Telephone: (03) 9231 2595

Ms Lesa Stewart
Group Manager Cancer and Palliative Care Services
Telephone: (03) 9231 4818

Ms Jessica Gonzalez
Cancer Services Coordinator
Telephone: (03) 9231 3021

Cancer Nurse Coordinators

Base of Skull

Sarah Chadwick & Kara Hutchinson 
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 2755


Jane Staker
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 3067


Brain (CNS)

Jane Staker
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 3067



Mary Ann Banting (Breast Care Nurse)
Available Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 4743

Georgina Christian (Breast Care Nurse)
Available Tuesday (PM), Wednesday & Thursday (AM)
Telephone: (03) 9231 4743



An Pham
Available Monday 7:00am - 3:30pm & Wednesday 7:30am-11:30am
Telephone: (03) 9231 3020


Combined Lung

Maria Loder
Available Wednesday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 3325



Dr Kim Taubman
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 4310



Veronica Smooker
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 3714



Xueling Gu
Available Monday
Telephone: (03) 9231 2259 


Head and Neck

Sarah Chadwick & Kara Hutchinson 
Available Monday-Friday
Telephone: (03) 9231 2755


Upper GI

Paula Swannock
Available Monday and Thursday
Telephone: (03) 9231 3046



Molly Trethewey
Available Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Telephone (03) 9231 3639

Multidisciplinary Teams

At St Vincent's, the Cancer Tumour Streams hold regular multidisciplinary meetings (MDM) as part of the multidisciplinary care provided for our patients. 

Multidisciplinary Cancer Care provides a collaborative approach to treatment planning and ongoing care throughout the treatment pathway. Multidisciplinary Cancer meetings ensure members of the treatment and care team can discuss all relevant aspects of a cancer patient’s physical and psychosocial needs along with other factors impacting upon the patient’s care.

The table below lists the cancer tumour streams, their meeting times, how often they meet and the meeting coordinator. 

Base of Skull MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - 3rd Tuesday of the month, 8.00am, Monthly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Sarah Chadwick & Kara Hutchinson (ENT Nurse Coordinator)
  • Jane Staker (Brain CNS Nurse Coordinator)

Brain (CNS) MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - 1st Tuesday of the month, 8.00am, Monthly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Jane Staker (Brain CNS Nurse Coordinator)

Breast MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Tuesday, 1.00pm, Weekly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Mary Ann Banting/Georgina Christian (Breast Care Nurses) 

Colorectal MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Monday, 8.30am, 3 out of 4 weeks

Meeting Coordinator 

  • An Pham (Colorectal Nurse Coordinator)

Combined Lung MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Friday, 8.45am, Weekly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Dr Matt Conron (Respiratory Physician)
  • Maria Loder (Respiratory Nurse Coordinator)

Endocrine MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Wednesday, 4.30pm, Monthly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Dr Kim Taubman (Nuclear Physician)

Haematology MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Tuesday, 12.00pm, Fortnightly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Veronica Smooker (Haematology Nurse Coordinator)

Hepatoma MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Monday, 12.15pm, Weekly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Xueling Gu (Hepatoma Nurse Coordinator)

Head and Neck MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Thursday, 7.30am, Weekly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Sarah Chadwick (ENT Nurse Coordinator )
  • Kara Hutchinson (ENT Nurse Coordinator)

Sarcoma MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Wednesday, 6.30am, Fortnightly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Professor Peter Choong (via rooms (03) 9639 1300)

Upper GI MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Monday, 1.30pm, Fortnightly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Emily Baker (Upper GI Nurse Coordinator)

Urology MDM

Time of Meeting/Regularity - Friday, 7.30am, Fortnightly

Meeting Coordinator 

  • Urology Nurse Coordinator

Contact Us

Jessica Gonzalez
Cancer Services Coordinator
Tel: (03) 9231 3021

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