for chemotherapy and supportive care
A diagnosis of cancer presents many challenges. Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments have contributed substantially to improvements in survival, but need to be managed carefully to ensure the patient's safety and comfort. Our team at The Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care & Research work closely with the patient's oncologists or haematologists to personalise care and achieve the goals for which they are aiming.
The Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care & Research is a unique private facility that provides excellence in cancer care. Located in a free standing federation house adjacent to the Mater Hospital, the centre provides integrated, multidisciplinary care to cancer patients. Chemotherapy and other supportive therapies are delivered in relaxed, comfortable surroundings.
Generally, no special preparation is required before treatment but if there is, for example tests or medications, the oncologist will advise the patient about this prior to their visit. Patients should:
- Drink plenty of water on the day, it is important to be well hydrated.
- Eat a normal breakfast on the day of treatment.
- Bring any snacks, reading material or music.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Bring a partner, family member or friend, especially on the first visit for company and also to help listen to instructions and education about their treatment.
Use of penguin cold caps for prevention of hair loss whilst receiving some forms of chemotherapy
The penguin cold cap system is designed to reduce hair loss whilst receiving some types of chemotherapy. It is a system of cooling the scalp using a specially designed gel filled cap frozen to minus 35°C. It is fitted to the head prior to chemotherapy, during and up to four hours following completion of the treatment. Your medical oncologist will discuss this as an option for you. Not all forms of chemotherapy are suitable.
Most patients sit in a comfortable armchair during their treatment, although some treatments require patients to lie down. As treatment regimes vary from patient to patient, we cannot provide specific details here, patients are given their own personalised patient information sheet and medication profile which the chemotherapy nurse reviews with them.
The relaxed atmosphere of the Patricia Ritchie Centre helps patients feel comfortable and they are provided with warm blankets, tea and coffee, light refreshments, DVDs, books and magazines.
Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm
+ 612 9900 7640
The Patricia Ritchie Centre is located at the back of the Mater Hospital. Enter via the lower ground floor of the hospital.
Parking is available in the Mater car park (entrance off Rocklands Rd) and fees apply.
A reduced rate is offered for patients/carers attending the Patricia Ritchie Centre. There is also some parking in the streets around the centre.