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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our practice encourages communication with the patient’s family or other significant support providers.

Please bring with you your referral from your family doctor, your Medicare card, and for private patients your Health insurance fund card or details.

Please also bring with you any x-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsy results or blood tests that you have been given.

It is also recommended that you bring with you a list of medications that you take.

All patients will need to be seen for at least one visit after their surgery to check for any complications.  Patients who have had surgery for cancer will generally need to be followed up every 6 to 12 months by Dr Chambers in the practice office. 

Patients who have had surgery for breast cancer will usually require mammograms and ultrasounds of the breasts every 12 months.  Patients who have had surgery for thyroid cancer will usually require blood tests and an ultrasound scan of the neck every 12 months.

The treatment of cancers often involves multiple specialists, including the surgeon, radiotherapists and medical oncologists.  At St Vincent’s Hospital, for most patients the cancer surgeon is the specialist who will coordinate the different treatments. 

Yes – Dr Chambers operates at St Vincent’s Public Hospital and public/uninsured patients can have their surgery there covered by Medicare.

Dr Chambers directly supervises the surgery of all patients under his care at St Vincent’s Public Hospital.  In most cases this involves performing the surgery with a trainee surgeon (registrar), allowing them to perform some or all of the parts of the operation for the benefit of their training and experience.  

The practice charges fees for surgical procedures in accordance with those recommended by the Australian Medical Association.  This involves a modest out of pocket or ‘gap’ payment over and above the reimbursement by the health insurance fund.  There may also be out of pocket expenses charged by the anaesthetist.  An estimate of the likely costs of the surgery will be provided by the practice manager at the time of initial consultation.

Patients who are pension card holders who have private health insurance may be eligible for ‘no gap’ billing.  This is where the health fund is directly billed by the practice without requiring any ‘gap’ or out of pocket expenses from the patient.