Welcome to Auckland Oncology (formerly known as Oncology 161) where the patient comes first.

Auckland Oncology was established by Dr Vernon Harvey and Dr Paul Thompson as Oncology 161 in 1999 in the comfortable ambience of a gracious old villa, sympathetically converted to accommodate a busy, modern medical practice. Through the years, the practice has expanded and it now comprises five medical oncologists (Dr Catherine Han, Dr Dragan Damianovich, Dr Rita Sasidharan, Prof. Mark McKeage and Dr Sheridan Wilson) and two haematologists (Dr Rajeev Rajagopal and Dr James Liang), each with subspecialty expertise. They are supported by seven experienced and dedicated specialist oncology/haematology nurses, pharmacist, as well as administrative support staff who are passionate about their work. The founding oncologists have recently retired after providing over 50 years of tremendous service in medicine.

The vision of Auckland Oncology team is to provide the very best information and most up to date treatment available anywhere. They aim to make consultation a comprehensive, but easy to understand discussion on the nature of the patient’s cancer, what it means and the options for managing it. Treatment is individualised and may include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, biotherapy, and/or combination of these. They also offer iron infusions and blood product transfusions.

Auckland Oncology takes pride in providing the highest standard of care for their patients with a patient centred state of the art treatment in a caring and comfortable environment.

What is Oncology?
Oncology is the area of medicine involving cancer.  An oncologist is a doctor specialising in the treatment of cancer either with medical treatments (medical oncologist) or radiation (radiation oncologist).  Other doctors are involved in the treatment of cancer such as surgeons, palliative care specialists (doctors who specialise in the treatment of symptoms from cancer that cannot be cured) and general physicians (who often are involved in the diagnosis of cancer).  If you have cancer you are likely to be referred to some of these doctors depending on the type of treatment that is advised.  The Oncology Service also consists of specialised nurses, therapists and social workers as the diagnosis of cancer can affect people and their families in many ways.  The Oncology team also works alongside hospices and the Cancer Society who provide support to people with the diagnosis of cancer.
What is Cancer?
Everyone’s body is made up of millions of cells, which normally grow, divide and are renewed in a balanced or programmed way. Sometimes this process is disrupted and the cells grow in an uncontrolled way – a solid group of these cells is called a tumour. Another word commonly used for tumour is growth and it can mean the same thing.
A tumour/growth can be benign (grows but will not spread into different parts of the body) or malignant (spreads into different parts of the body as well as grows locally). Tumours spread by cells travelling through the lymphatic system (the body’s cleaning system) to lymph nodes (often known as glands) or through blood to other organs in the body. These cells can then multiply.  If this happens the cancer is called metastatic.
Cancer isn't contagious, so you can go on being close to family and friends.


Referral Expectations

They will usually receive a referral from a GP or specialist, but self-referrals are also accepted if appropriate. One of their staff will then contact the patient and make an appointment for an initial consultation with the specialist. Before this assessment, they will send an email to the patient asking for personal details, information about his or her cancer, past medical history, current medications, drug allergies etc.

Auckland Oncology oncologists are happy to receive referrals for most types of adult solid tumours. If the referral is for a type of tumour they believe may be more appropriately dealt with by another specialist they will make that suggestion.

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Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Each oncologist provides 24/7 on-call service for their own patients.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Making the Diagnosis

    Cancer is diagnosed with a number of tests but usually a biopsy is needed.  This is where a sample of the lesion/growth is sent to the laboratory to be examined under the microscope.  This can tell the doctors exactly what type of cancer is present and guides them to what… More

  • Surgical Treatment

    Surgery is the oldest form of treatment for cancer. Surgery offers the greatest chance for cure for many types of cancer, especially those cancers that have not yet spread to other parts of the body.… More

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to kill or reduce the spread of cancer cells.  Chemotherapy is given as cycles and may be given once a day, once a week or even once a month.… More

  • Immunotherapy

    Immunotherapy is a type of biologic cancer treatment that focuses on using certain cells of your immune system to battle your cancer.… More

  • Targeted Therapy

    Targeted therapies involve using drugs to target specific changes in your cancer cells that drive them to grow and spread.… More

  • Endocrine Therapy

    Certain types of breast and prostate cancers are affected by hormones in the blood, which can help them grow.… More

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiation therapy uses special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation (beam of x-rays) to cancerous tumours, to kill or damage them so they cannot grow or spread.   Normal cells may be affected by radiation, but most appear to recover fully from the effects of the treatment.… More

  • Alternative Treatments

    It is very common for people with cancer to want to try other non-medical treatments such as diet or alternative/complementary medicines offered by other practitioners.  It is helpful for your oncology team to know what other therapies you might be taking as sometimes there can be interactions with their treatment. More


Light refreshments will be provided during your treatment.

Public Transport

The Auckland Transport website is a good resource to plan your public transport options.


Parking is available at the front of the clinic and under the building. Additional parking is available at 131 Remuera Road.

Contact Details

Consultation by appointment only.

125 Remuera Road
Auckland 1050

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Street Address

125 Remuera Road
Auckland 1050

Postal Address

PO Box 128116
Auckland 1541

This page was last updated at 10:46AM on September 13, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Oncology.