Optimising cancer care
This is a state-wide initiative that aims to save more lives from cancer by using the latest evidence to inform how, when and where people receive cancer treatment.
To achieve this we use data to drive postitive change — working collaboratively across the health system to support improvements in cancer care.
Gynaecological cancer treatment
To improve outcomes for women with a gynaecological cancer we are working with Local Health Districts, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (Gynaecological Oncology Network) and NSW Ministry of Health.
This collaboration has identified criteria for what defines a specialised gynaecological oncology centre in NSW. There are currently seven centres identified in NSW where a woman with gynaecological cancer should be assessed and treated.
Find the list of specialist gynaecological oncology centres in NSW and the criteria used to identify them.
Oesophageal and pancreatic surgery
Based on analyses of volume and outcome data by the Cancer Institute NSW, people with oesophageal or pancreatic cancer should be referred to higher-volume hospitals for the best outcomes.
See the list of recommended hospitals for these procedures according to the criteria.
We are working closely with the NSW Ministry of Health, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (the Surgical Services Taskforce), the Clinical Excellence Commission, Local Health Districts and surgeons across the state to improve outcomes for people with oesophageal and pancreatic cancer needing surgical care. This collaboration will support the focusing of oesophagectomies and pancreatectomies to higher volume hospitals.
It will also guide other aspects of optimisation including cancer care pathways, protocols for patient selection, care coordination, implementation and communication plans, patient and carer information and the public reporting of outcomes from the initiative.