Tumour stream lead Mr Ian Faragher
Time of Clinic Thursday morning and afternoon
Location of ClinicFootscray Hospital
Colorectal cancer is a term to describe cancers that occur in the large intestine of the digestive system. These cancers can also be called bowel, colorectal or colon cancer. Sometimes they are also called Lower Gastrointestinal cancers.
Western Health has a team of staff who work together to provide a coordinated service to our patients. These team members have different roles including; treating cancer using a range of methods, assisting patients and their families at all stages of their journey, and providing information.
The team includes:
Surgeons – to manage certain procedures such as biopsies and to remove tumours through surgery.
Medical Oncologists – to treat cancer using medications and chemotherapy.
Radiation Oncologists – to treat cancer using radiation.
Palliative Care Physicians – to provide advice regarding severe symptom management, to work to achieve the best quality of life for the person with a life-limiting illness and to provide support for family and carers.
Allied Health staff – to provide additional supports with activities of everyday living.
The service is also involved with clinical trials, allowing patients access to the latest research and treatments.
Mr Ian Faragher (Head of Unit)
Mr Jin Cho
Mr Matthew Croxford
Dr Phillip Tran
Prof. Peter Gibbs
A/Prof Sumitra Ananda
Dr Suzanne Kosmider
Dr Margaret Lee
A/Prof Jeanne Tie
Palliative Care Physicians:
Dr Maria Coperchini
Dr Adrian Dabscheck
Dr Ruwani Mendis
Dr Umbreen Qazi
Allied Health:A range of allied health professionals work as members of our team to provide additional support to patients. Click here for more information.
Patients will need a referral from their GP or medical practitioner to attend a specialist clinic. Please bring
copies of any films or disks with images of any scans or tests, and
any medications that you are currently on.
This will help our doctors see what tests you have already had and know how to help you best.
ReferrersPlease click here for information about referring a patient with new or suspected colorectal cancer. Referrals should be addressed to either a named Medical Oncologist or Colorectal Surgeon from the list above. Cancers are considered urgent referrals.
Click here to see the Bowel Cancer “What to Expect Guide”. This guide is published by Cancer Council Victoria and describes the optimal care that should be provided at each step of the cancer pathway.
Refer to the Cancer Council Victoria website for more information about different types of cancer.Return to Cancer Types page Return to the Our Services page