Cancer services

We work hard to continually improve access to the most advanced cancer treatment technology and the care we provide through our cancer services at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Our treatments follow recommendations from the nation’s leading cancer researchers.

Cancer Care services at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce include:

  • Cancer related surgery
  • Medical Oncology Consultation
  • Clinical Haematology Consultation
  • Zita Mary Clinic day unit for chemotherapy patients
  • ACT Specialist Breast Care Nurses Team
  • Lymphoedema Clinic and specialist support services

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is a part of the ACT Health Cancer Services and Support Network.

Our expert team work with you to decide the best course of treatment and care and the most suitable setting for your treatment. Your treatment plan may require you to attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre at the Canberra Hospital for some of the services you require.

Consultation: proposed changes to the Zita Mary Clinic at Calvary

What are the proposed changes?

Commencing in August 2021, we are aiming to improve cancer care in the ACT and are considering making changes to the cancer services provided at the Zita Mary Clinic at the Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, in the coming months.

Under the proposed changes, the outpatient chemotherapy services currently offered at the Zita Mary Clinic would be moved to the Canberra Region Cancer Centre at Canberra Hospital.

If this change goes ahead, it will be rolled out in a staged approach so patients who have begun their treatment at the Zita Mary Clinic can still complete it there.

The Zita Mary Clinic will not be closed. However, it will focus on the high-quality, holistic, individualised care it provides to Medical Day Care patients, including patients with a cancer diagnosis.

 What are the benefits?

The purpose-built Canberra Region Cancer Centre offers integrated care for cancer patients from the ACT and surrounding NSW, including radiation therapy, haematology, and immunology in addition to chemotherapy and support services.

This move would provide a consolidated and streamlined public chemotherapy service from a single tertiary centre in the ACT and would be expected to take place in the coming months.

The proposed changes aim to future-proof the service, to make sure our cancer services remain compliant with the latest Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care standards.

We are now finalising the consultation process with the community and staff about transitioning the outpatient chemotherapy services provided by the Zita Mary Clinic, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce to the Canberra Region Cancer Centre at Canberra Hospital. if you would like to contribute to this process, please email your comments and suggestions to: feedbackforzitamary@calvary-act.com.au

Over the coming weeks we will consider the feedback we have received. This will determine what we do, how and when, based on the needs of Zita Mary Clinic patients and the operational needs at both clinics.

Cancer Care services at Canberra Region Cancer Centre

If you need to attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre the Calvary care team will make your appointments and provide you with instructions and advice. We will also assist if you need to take any medical information or records with you.

Specialist Breast Care Services

The Specialist Breast Care Nurses Team provides care in a range of settings for breast cancer patients at all stages of their diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
ACT Breast Care Nurses (BCN’s) are registered nurses who specialise in the care of patients with breast cancer, providing support and information to patients and their family during treatment.
A medical referral is not required.
BCN’s are a member of the multidisciplinary team caring for breast cancer patients. The team includes: surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, radiation therapists, geneticists, pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers, specialist nurses and your GP. The BCN will assist in your care throughout treatment as part of this team.
Contact the ACT Breast Care Nurse Service: Ph: 62016943, Ph: 62016944, Email: bcn@calvary-act.com.au
Wednesday Drop-in-clinic: no appointment required for a one-to-one consult with a BCN to discuss your diagnosis, treatment, wound management, side effects from treatment, or psychosocial concerns.
When: Wednesdays (most weeks) from 12-4pm in the Outpatient Clinic area, Lewisham Building, Calvary Hospital Bruce. Please call 6201 6943 prior to coming to confirm the clinic is available.

Other organisations that provide wonderful emotional and personal support for Breast cancer patients and their family are listed at the Brochures and links tab on the right hand side of this page.

Lymphoedema Service

Calvary Public Hospital manages the ACT-wide Lymphoedema Service, providing a coordinated model of service delivery across the continuum of care – from hospital to community-based care, palliative and home-based care.

Breast Cancer Support Services

Bosom Buddies (support group)

Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief (financial assistance and support)

Colleen’s (post-surgery and mastectomy bras and lingerie)

Heads Up (scarves and wigs)

Knitted Knockers

Cancer Council


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