Cancer care

We put your physical and emotional needs at the centre of our approach to cancer care. Our experienced team will explain your diagnosis and treatment options, and provide comprehensive care to help you feel supported along your journey.

Cancer Care

Our cancer care oncology services

Our holistic oncology service supports your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing, including your surgical and medical needs. We provide education, clinical expertise and support for you and your loved ones in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

We bring together clinicians from a wide range of disciplines associated with cancer treatment, including oncology, haematology and palliative care. We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of professional and multidisciplinary care with compassion and expertise.

Our services include:

  • cancer-related surgery
  • chemotherapy treatment
  • targeted and immunotherapies
  • cancer research and clinical trials
  • cancer specific multidisciplinary team meetings
  • allied health support (including social workers, dietitians, case managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists)
  • pain and symptom management
  • pastoral services
  • specialist nurses in breast care, palliative care and oncology.

Day chemotherapy

We offer day chemotherapy services in a tranquil environment. Features such as comfortable seating, tea and coffee making facilities, and reading materials will help you feel more at home.

Radiation oncology

Depending on the cancer, radiation oncology may be used in combination with chemotherapy, or on its own. We offer specialist radiation therapy services using the latest techniques.

Research and clinical trials

By investing in research and clinical trials we are able to provide the most effective, evidence-based care to you, our patients. St John of God Health Care currently supports more than 50 cancer research projects, including clinical trials.

Supporting cancer research

St John of God Health Care undertakes a wide range of cancer research projects supported through the St John of God Foundation. If you would like to find out more about these projects, or how you can support cancer research at St John of God Hospitals, visit the St John of God Foundation.  

Community Wig Service 

St John of God Berwick Hospital's wig service for cancer patients

What is the Community Wig Service?

For patients suffering with cancer, losing their hair as a result of chemotherapy can be a blow to their self-esteem and confidence when they’re already feeling unwell, scared and vulnerable.

The Community Wig Service is a free wig loan service available to anyone in the southeast of Melbourne who has cancer related hair loss (even if they are not a patient of St John of God Berwick Hospital).

The service is funded by generous donations from individuals and organisations and run by a dedicated team of volunteer wig fitters, who have been specially trained to fit, style and maintain the wigs.

There is a huge selection of wigs, in many styles, lengths and colours, available for loan. 

Opening hours

Tuesdays 10am-2pm and Thursdays on request.

Bookings and location

St John of God Berwick Specialist Centre, Day Oncology Unit, Level 1, 55 Kangan Drive Berwick.

Bookings are essential. To book an appointment, please call 03 8784 5600. For other general enquiries, please email [email protected] 

Further reading

Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Australia

Cancer blogs

Find out more about cancer in our health and wellbeing blogs