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Optimal cancer care pathways

Information for health professionals

Optimal cancer care pathways outline the best cancer care for specific tumour types.

The pathways are designed to promote a full understanding of the patient journey in order to foster quality cancer care from the point of diagnosis.

Each pathway identifies specific points and recommended care at each stage. Both detailed and quick reference guides have been developed for the following tumour types:


Downloadable information for your patients.

Quick Reference Guide

These resources can be used as a quick guide for yourself.

Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This Optimal care pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people complements the best practice information provided in the tumour-specific pathways to facilitate the delivery of culturally safe and competent care. It outlines the aspects of the cancer care pathway that need to be responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.

For general Practitioners and practice managers

To support you, your practice, and your patients, you can:

Refer newly diagnosed cancer patients to and print and provide them with a copy of the relevant tumour stream "what to expect" consumer guides.

Import the GP quick reference guides and consumer version PDFs into your GP software. Click here for easy to read instructions.


For more information regarding the current Pathways, or to send feedback, please email

This page was last updated on: Thursday, February 20, 2020

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