About this OCP

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.

This work is available from the Cancer Council website.

First published in May 2015. This edition published in June 2021.

ISBN: 978-1-76096-152-7

Cancer Council Victoria and Department of Health and Human Services Victoria 2021, Optimal care pathway for people with Hodgkin and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, 2nd edn, Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne.

Enquiries about this publication can be sent to optimalcare.pathways@cancervic.org.au.

Our thanks to the following health professionals, consumer representatives, stakeholders and organisations consulted in developing this optimal care pathway.

Professor John Seymour (Chair), Haematologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Michael Dickinson, Haematologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ms Tracey Dryden, Nurse Consultant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Associate Professor Eliza Hawkes, Medical Oncologist, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre, Austin Health and Eastern Health

Ms Helena Rodi, Project Manager, Advance Care Planning Australia

Professor Robert Thomas, Special Advisor on Health, Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Andrew Wirth, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ms Julia Brancato, Project Coordinator, Optimal Care Pathways, Cancer Council Victoria

Professor John Seymour (Chair), Director, Department of Haematology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Phillip Campbell, Head of Haematology, Barwon Health

Dr Duncan Carradice, Haematologist, Western Health

Dr Geoff Chong, Medical Oncologist, Austin Health, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

Ms Tracey Dryden, National Lymphoma Coordinator, Leukaemia Foundation

Ms Jane Farrow, Senior Occupational Therapist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Asscociate Professor Michael Hofman, Nuclear Medicine Physician

Ms Lynda Katona, Manager, Psychological Service, Alfred Health

Dr Kylie Mason, Haematologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne

Dr Francoise Mechinaud, Director, Royal Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre

Ms Yvonne Panek-Hudson, Nurse Practitioner, Haemotology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Mr Peter Shuttleworth, Haematology Clinical Nurse Consultant, Austin Health

Mr Graeme Still, Manager, Blood and Marrow Transplant Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation

Professor Robert Thomas, Chief Advisor on Cancer, Department of Health and Human Services

Professor Andrew Wirth, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The University of Melbourne

Ms Kathryn Whitfield, Acting Manager Cancer Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Ms Alexandra Viner, Project Manager – Optimal Care Pathways, Cancer Council Victoria

Advance Care Planning Australia

Allied Health Professions Australia

Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists

Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australia College of Physicians

Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group

Australian and New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology

Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Care

Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre

Australian College of Nursing

Australian Medical Association

Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

Clinical Oncology Society of Australia

Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand

Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia

Leukaemia Foundation

Lymphoma Australia

Medical Oncology Group of Australia

Oncology Social Workers Australia and New Zealand

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

Alfred Health

Cancer Australia

Cancer Council Victoria, Strategy and Support Division

Cancer Institute New South Wales

Concord Repatriation General Hospital New South Wales

Consumer representative

Department of Health and Human, Health and Wellbeing Division Services, Cancer and Aged Care Unit

National Cancer Expert Reference Group

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Other stakeholders consulted to provide feedback include relevant Cancer Council committees and networks, Integrated Cancer Services, Primary Health Networks and several health services.

The multidisciplinary team may include the following members:

  • Aboriginal health practitioner, Indigenous liaison officer or remote general practitioner
  • care coordinator (as determined by multidisciplinary team members)*
  • exercise physiologist
  • fertility specialist
  • haematologist/medical oncologist*
  • nurse (with appropriate expertise)*
  • pathologist*
  • radiation oncologist*
  • radiologist/imaging specialists*
  • clinical trials coordinator
  • dietitian
  • exercise physiologist
  • general practitioner
  • nuclear medicine physician
  • occupational therapist
  • palliative care specialist
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • psychiatrist
  • psychologist
  • social worker
  • spiritual/pastoral care.

* Denotes core members. Core members of the multidisciplinary team are expected to attend most multidisciplinary team meetings either in person or remotely.