What to expect
Coming to see a cancer specialist can be an overwhelming experience and referral to one does not mean that you have or are suspected to have a cancer. Whilst gynaecological oncologists do specialise in managing cancers of the female genital tract, they are also well equipped to treat non-cancerous conditions as well.
In order to make your appointment as comfortable as possible, you can choose to bring a support person with you to your appointment, or if this is not possible, you can choose to have your first consultation done virtually. You will require a stable internet connection for this type of consultation which is typically done on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. All consultations will be conducted in English so if you prefer to communicate in a different language, please bring along a suitable translator who will be able to help during our consultation.
It will be necessary for me to perform a physical examination at some stage of your assessment. In some cases, examinations may have been uncomfortable and/or painful in the past. If this is the case, please let me know so I can try to make this experience less unpleasant. Occasionally adequate examination is only possible to be performed in the operating theatre. If this is the case, this will be arranged as soon as necessary.