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.
On this page you will find information on:
Clinical Optimal Cancer Care Pathways
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer
Acute Myeloid leukaemia
Basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma
Head and neck cancers
Hodgkin and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org