Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

The Optimal Cancer Care Pathways describe the best cancer care for specific tumour types.

The pathways are designed to map the patient journey, aiming to improve understanding of the pathway ahead for the patient from the time of diagnosis, and to promote quality cancer care and patient experiences.

Each pathway identifies specific steps, or critical points, along the care pathway and the recommended care at each stage.

Both detailed and quick reference guides, as well as what to expect guides, have been developed for the following tumour types.

Clinical Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

Acute Myeloid leukaemia

Basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma

Breast cancer

Colorectal cancer

Endometrial cancer

Head and neck cancers

Hepatocellular carcinoma

High-grade glioma

Hodgkin and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas

Lung cancer

Melanoma

Oesophagogastric cancer

Ovarian cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Prostate cancer

Quick Reference Guides

Acute Myeloid leukaemia quick reference guide

Basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma quick reference guide

Breast cancer quick reference guide

Cancer – information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer quick reference guide

Colorectal cancer quick reference guide

Endometrial cancer quick reference guide

Head and neck cancers quick reference guide

Hepatocellular carcinoma quick reference guide

High-grade glioma quick reference guide

Hodgkin and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas quick reference guide

Lung cancer quick reference guide

Melanoma quick reference guide

Oesophagogastric cancer quick reference guide

Ovarian cancer quick reference guide

Pancreatic cancer quick reference guide

Prostate cancer quick reference guide

What to expect guides

Acute Myeloid leukaemia what to expect guide

Basal and squamous cells carcinoma what to expect guide

Bowel cancer what to expect guide

Breast cancer what to expect guide

Cancer of unknown primary what to expect guide

Cancer – information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have cancer what to expect guide

Checking for Cancer – information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people what to expect guide

Endometrial cancer what to expect guide

Head and neck cancer what to expect guide

High grade glioma what to expect guide

Liver cancer what to expect guide

Lung cancer what to expect guide

Lymphoma what to expect guide

Melanoma what to expect guide

Oesophagogastric cancer what to expect guide

Ovarian cancer what to expect guide

Pancreatic cancer what to expect guide

Peritoneal mesothelioma what to expect guide

Pleural mesothelioma what to expect guide

Prostate cancer what to expect guide

Sarcoma (Bone and soft tissue tumours) what to expect guide

For patients

Quick reference guides for consumers describe the optimal cancer care that should be provided at each step and what they can expect. The consumer Optimal Cancer Care Pathways have been developed into an interactive web portal, and translated into other languages. What to expect – a guide to optimal care help make sense of what should happen, and help with what questions consumers can ask their health professional.

Visit www.cancerpathways.org.au

For General Practitioners and Practice Managers

To support you, your practice, and your patients, you can:

  • Refer newly diagnosed cancer patients to www.cancerpathways.org.au and print and provide them with a copy of the relevant tumour stream ‘what to expect’ consumer guides.
  • Import the GP quick reference guides and consumer version PDF’s into your GP software. Find how to import the OCP’s into your software.

For more information regarding the current pathways, or to send feedback, please email optimalcare.pathways@cancervic.org.au