Being diagnosed with cancer can be extremely stressful. We understand this and we want you to know our team is here to support you in every aspect of your care and treatment. We welcome you to ask any questions that are on your mind. Our caring and expert team is here to help.

At your first appointment you may not remember to ask everything you would like to. We have put together a set of common questions you might have for us.
If there is any extra information you need please feel free to speak to the nurses.

FAQs

How long will it take to get an appointment?
We will see all referrals within 1 week of receiving them, and most with 48 hours.

How much will my treatment cost?
Each treatment program is individually tailored based on the type of cancer, medication prescribed and planned duration of therapy. We’d be happy to provide a quote once your Oncologist recommends a treatment plan.

What do I bring to my first appointment?

  • A list of all your current medications from your GP
  • All your relevant x-rays, scans and blood test results
  • Notes, letters, and reports from your doctor
  • Hearing Aid (if you wear one)

Questions you may wish to ask at your Consultation
View our list here.

Where do I park?
Parking is easily available in the Southern Cross Hospital carpark, entry Gate A. There is also a Drop-off and 2 designated parks right outside our door.

 

Community Support Services

We can help you to access specialist providers and psychologists for additional support, just speak to one of our nurses. These services may also come in handy:

Harbour Wellness Centre Services 

Our in-house Wellness team are on-site to support you with prescribed exercise, therapeutic massage and psychological counselling services.

These services in the community are also available:

Cancer Society 

The Cancer Society offers free ‘coping with cancer’ talks for adults with cancer and their supporters, run by experienced psychologists and nurses. To find out more about these talks, held in Glenfield, Auckland call their free helpline on 0800 226 237.

PINC & STEEL

PINC & STEEL provide cancer rehabilitation programs for men, women and young people diagnosed with cancer.  Our Oncology Physiotherapist Megan Schmidt  is part of the international teaching team for PINC & STEEL and can tell you more!  

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) provides free, practical support for people dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment. Free feel better classes are for anyone undergoing treatment for any type of cancer at any stage.  

Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand

The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ offer support to those affected by breast cancer. BCFNZ offer funding for cancer rehabilitation  and lymphoedema therapy which you can use here at Harbour. They also provide free counselling, a dedicated nurse line, an online community app named mybc, online resources and events.  

Sweet Louise

Sweet Louise offers an annual allocation of vouchers, member meetings, information resources as well as other support services for people with stage four breast cancer. 

Prostate Cancer Foundation 

The Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ has 36 support networks across New Zealand, providing valuable support and resources to prostate cancer patients and their families. Trained volunteers coordinate the groups who meet monthly or bi-monthly. The foundation also has an 0800 4Prostate helpline if you have any questions or concerns. 

Melanoma NZ

Melanoma New Zealand has  helpful information and resources on their website, as well as an Information Advisor available on 0800 463 526 to answer any of your questions. The charity also offers Melanoma Meetings where you can connect with others facing the same diagnosis.    

Bowel Cancer NZ

Bowel Cancer New Zealand offers a patient and Whanau support group, as well as nurse support available 24/7. The website provides some great resources and a service directory.

Lung Foundation NZ

The Lung Foundation New Zealand is primarily an advocacy group, but they do offer some great patient resources on their website.

TimeOut

TimeOut connects generous holiday homeowners with people who are terminally ill. This allows spending quality time with family or close friends in a beautiful location. 

Psychological Support, Geraldine Tennant (PhD), Health Psychologist

From the time of diagnosis, through treatment and post-treatment, it is common to experience a range of emotions, changes and challenges.

Seeing our psychologist gives you the opportunity to talk confidentially and get support to work on ways to help with your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Geraldine can help you with a range of issues, including –

  • Adjusting to diagnosis
  • Decision making for treatment
  • Coping with treatment
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Low mood and depression
  • Grief and loss

Dietitian

Personalised eating plans and nutrition advice can help manage treatment side effects and provide a platform for healthy lifestyle change.

For an appointment, contact our Wellness Centre on 09 925 4451