Medical Oncology

The St Vincent’s Medical Oncology Department is a multi-disciplinary team of specialists who are experts in treating and supporting patients with cancer.

Our team includes:

  • Surgeons
  • Radiation therapists
  • Pathologists; radiologists
  • Supportive and palliative care doctors
  • Social work

Our team treats a wide range of cancers and people in a variety of situations including:

  • Curative treatments that aim to eliminate cancer permanently
  • Preventive treatments to reduce the chance of cancer returning
  • Symptomatic treatments to keep you feeling as well as possible
  • Genetic counselling and gene testing

The Department’s specialists include:


Specialist Special interest

Associate Professor Anthony Joshua

Prostate, Kidney, Bladder Cancers

Melanoma and Skin Cancer

Early Phase Clinical Trials

Dr Rachel Dear

Breast Cancer

Associate Professor Elgene Lim

Breast Cancer

Dr Amy Prawira

Head and Neck Cancer

Early Phase Clinical trials

Dr Lorraine Chantrill

Gastrointestinal Cancers including Pancreatic Cancer

Lung Cancer

Dr Venessa Chin

Lung Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer


Professor Richard Epstein


Breast Cancer

Prostate, Kidney, Bladder Cancers

Neuroendocrine Tumours

Dr Hao-Wen Sim

Upper Gastrointestinal Tumours

Neuro-oncology (Brain)

Dr Subotheni Thaneswaran

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Neuro-oncology (Brain)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

How do I get an appointment with one of your specialists?
Appointments require a referral from your GP or surgeon.
To make an appointment, call +61 (0)2 9355 5655/5633

What do I do if I become unwell at home while receiving treatment for my cancer?
You will receive detailed education from our Oncology Nurse Coordinators about possible treatment side-effects and hazards, and what to do about them. We will give you phone numbers to call on a 24-hour basis if you are worried – this includes nights and week-ends.

You can also present directly to the Emergency Department of either St Vincent’s or your local Hospital at any time.

Contact us

Phone: 02 9355 5633 or 02 9355 5655

Fax: 02 9355 5602

St Vincent’s Switchboard: 02 8382 1111