The optimal care pathways (OCPs) describe optimal cancer care.
They map the patient journey, provide an understanding of the whole pathway, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, to promote quality cancer care and improve patient experiences.
As Victoria’s cancer services improvement network, the Integrated Cancer Services (ICS) work with partner health services to address variations against the OCPs and improve the outcomes for patients.
Bowel cancer is cancer in any part of the large bowel (colon or rectum). It is sometimes known as colorectal cancer and might also be called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where in the bowel it starts.
A brain or spinal cord tumour occurs when abnormal cells grow and form a mass or a lump. The tumour may be called benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), but both types can be serious and may need urgent treatment.
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast ducts or lobules. These abnormal cells have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Most breast cancers are found when they are invasive. This means the cancer has spread from the breast ducts or lobules into the surrounding breast tissue. Invasive breast cancer can be early, locally advanced or advanced (metastatic).
Head & Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer is a general term used for a range of cancers that start in the head and neck of the body. This region includes the mouth, tongue, palate, jaw, salivary glands, tonsils, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), nose and sinuses.
Lung cancer begins when abnormal cells grow and multiply in an uncontrolled way in one or both lungs. Cancer that starts in the lungs is known as primary lung cancer. It can spread to other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes, brain, adrenal glands, liver and bones.
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