Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

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

The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis.

Each pathway identifies specific points 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

Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people complements the best practice information provided in the tumour-specific pathways to facilitate the delivery of culturally safe and competent care. It outlines the aspects of the cancer care pathway that need to be responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – Optimal care pathway

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Quick Reference Guide

What to expect guides for Patients

A lot can happen in a hurry when you’re diagnosed with cancer. The guides below can help you make sense of what should happen. They will help you with what questions to ask your health professionals to make sure you receive the best care at every step.

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

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who might have cancer

Checking for Cancer

Cancer – What to expect

The consumers OCP’s have been developed into an interactive web portal. Visit www.cancerpathways.org.au 

For more information regarding the current Pathways, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20

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