There is a wide range of support and expert medical services available to support you or a family member with cancer.
Cancer Support Services
A good place to start for any advice or general questions is the Cancer Society of New Zealand. There is also a range of specific cancer associations and support groups, such as CanTeen and NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
Radiation Oncology provides the medical care and management of patients with cancer and other medical conditions through the conduct and supervision of radiation treatment, advice and provision of palliative care.
Gynaecological oncology services usually include colposcopy, a procedure in which a lighted magnifying instrument (a colposcope) is used to help examine the tissues of the vulva, vagina and cervix to assess pre-malignant (pre-cancerous) lesions; surgical treatment and biopsy of gynaecological cancers; and ongoing management and follow-up care.
The PSA blood test is commonly done to screen men for prostate cancer and may often detect cancers before they cause any symptoms. Prostate biopsy (taking tissue samples) is used to confirm a cancer diagnosis and assess it. Prostate cancer treatment varies depending on the stage of the disease.