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Lakes DHB Oncology

Public Service, Oncology, Haematology


Lakes DHB provides oncology services locally as well as from an outreach clinic of Waikato DHB.

Patients are seen both by the local Medical Oncology team as well as visiting Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists and Haematologists.

Beginning 8th June 2020, Lakes DHB has employed a second medical oncologist, Alistair Wickham.

The Rotorua Medical Oncology team run three clinics per week - Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

The Haematology team visits four times a month and the Radiation Oncologist visits Lakes DHB from Waikato DHB once a month.

Oncology services are supported by Cancer Care Co-ordinators, Cancer Psychologists, Palliative Care, Dietitians, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists, as well as other community organisations such as Cancer Society, Hospice and Aroha Mai.

Chemotherapy Unit

The Rotorua Chemotherapy Unit is a 9 chair, 3 bed unit. This is where staff administer a variety of infusions specific to the patient’s conditions e.g. chemotherapy, immunotherapy, blood transfusions and bisphosphonate infusions. 

The service is available Monday to Friday 8am - 4.30pm at Rotorua Hospital.

The Chemotherapy Unit provides services at Taupō Hospital once a week, with limited time and space. Not every Taupō patient can be treated in Taupō.

Rotorua Chemotherapy Unit  
Phone:  (07) 349 7989 
Fax:  (07) 349 7865

Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital and Taupō Hospital maps. 

What is Oncology?
Oncology is the area of medicine involving cancer. An oncologist is a doctor specialising in the treatment of cancer with targeting agents such as immunotherapy, chemotherapy or radiation. A haematologist specialises in tumours of blood such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Oncologists collaborate closely with surgeons and general physicians to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

Referral Expectations

Usually referral to the Oncology service is by letter from another doctor, such as a GP, physician or surgeon. One of our consultants will read through the letter and ask our clerical staff to book an appointment, taking account of the urgency of the condition.

When you come, you will be seen by an oncologist or a haematologist who will ask questions about your illness, examine you, and discuss the management of your condition. We encourage you to bring a family member or other support person to sit in on the visit.

You may be referred to the Chemotherapy Unit for further treatment.

Lakes DHB Cancer Care Coordinators are available to support patients and their family through their cancer journey. You may be referred to the Cancer Care Coordination team by the Oncology team, your GP or you can contact them directly. Find out more here.

Ask your consultant if you would like to learn more about involvement in clinical trials.


New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.


  • Cancer Care Coordination

    What We Do

    We navigate patients through health and social services for co-ordinated care… More PDF

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to kill or reduce the spread of cancer cells.… More

  • Immunotherapy

    Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment which assists the body's immune system to fight cancer.… 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

  • Medical Oncology Clinical Trials - Breast: PantoCIN

    Breast: PantoCIN
    Pantoprazole Prophylaxis Against Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) for Patients Receiving Breast Cancer Chemotherapy… More

  • Medical Oncology Clinical Trials - SKIN: Squamous Skin Cancer REGN2810

    SKIN: Squamous Skin Cancer REGN2810
    A Phase 2 Study of REGN2810, a Fully Human Monoclonal Antibody to Programmed Death-1 (PD-1), in Participants with Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma… More

  • Other facilities & options for patients

    Breast Cancer Foundation NZ - Scalp Cooling Equipment
    The scalp cooling equipment is available for patients receiving chemotherapy to help reduce the degree of hair loss associated with chemotherapy.… More


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This page was last updated at 12:03PM on August 25, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Oncology.