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Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre

Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre

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Darling Downs Skin Cancer CentreDarling Downs Skin Cancer Centre provides expert consultations, prompt diagnoses and efficient treatment of skin cancers and related skin conditions. All our doctors are subspecialists in Skin Cancer Medicine and can confidently guide you through every stage of the process from skin check to diagnosis, to treatment. They are supported by a team of highly trained staff who will carefully address all your skin cancer concerns utilising the latest technology, including body mapping, and treatment techniques.

Ideally located in the heart of Toowoomba, the Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre provides vital skin cancer services that save lives. We give patients access to screening, diagnosis and treatment all under one roof. Thanks to our dedicated operating theatres and professional support team, patients face short waiting times to receive treatment.

Envisioning a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, we strive every day to provide excellent service to our patients. We offer expert advice, full-body skin examinations, spot checks, treatment of all skin cancers and, most importantly, utmost peace of mind.

 

The Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre is part of the National Skin Cancer Centres. We place a strong emphasis on excellence in medical care, which is strengthened by our commitment to research and education. All our doctors and support staff are involved in the ongoing education of GPs in Australia through university-certified Skin Cancer Medicine programs.

Vision

A world where
nobody dies
from skin cancer

Mission

To save lives
through universal access 
to skin cancer 
diagnosis and treatment

Lifestyle

Determined to make a difference
Enthusiastic team
Excellence in delivery
Passionate about saving lives

Our location

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2/78 Margaret St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
Working Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Parking Instructions: We are on the corner of Lindsay and Margaret Streets, opposite Queens Park. Street parking is available in addition to a small carpark behind the building, accessible via Wendt Lane. Two disabled parks are located at the front of the building.

Our team

Dr Craig Russell

NSCC Doctor

Dr Ian Thompson

NSCC Doctor

Dr Yvette Wylde

NSCC Doctor

Jenny Griessen

Centre nurse

Yvonne Mathison

Centre nurse

Stephanie Goodwin

Centre nurse

Nikki Lyons

Practice manager

Sarah Dansey

Centre nurse & Medical receptionist

James Ryatt

Medical receptionist

Karen Thompson

Head medical receptionist

Kylie Cooper

Medical receptionist

Our services

Full-body skin examinations

Regular full-body skin examinations are vital for catching cancers before they become serious. Skin exams take about 15 - 30 minutes, and the doctor will start by asking about your skin cancer risk factors and general health. You will need to undress to your underwear. If you wish, we can provide a blanket or gown for you to wear while the doctor inspects your body from head to toe, looking for abnormal moles or spots. We will not examine the genital area unless you have any spots in that region which particularly concern you.

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Lesion analysis with dermoscopy

The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess whether a mole is normal or abnormal. It is a completely painless process that has been proven to increase the rate of skin cancer detection. We may also photograph a few spots to monitor changes over time, as this can be indicative of skin cancer.

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Diagnosis through biopsies

If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that might be skin cancer, a sample of skin will be removed and sent to a pathology lab to be thoroughly examined under a microscope. This is called a biopsy, and it helps confirm whether the suspicious spot is cancerous. The most common biopsy techniques are shave and punch biopsies, which are both done under a local anaesthetic. A shave biopsy involves shaving off the top layer of skin with a small surgical blade, while a punch biopsy uses a tool like a tiny cookie cutter to remove all the layers of skin.

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Skin cancer treatments

The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. We offer various surgical and non-surgical treatments, including excisions of the tumour and surrounding tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are entirely removed, curettage which is the method of scraping and burning the skin cancer, cryotherapy which is the method of freezing off the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, and topical applications of creams that stimulate the immune system and destroy skin cancer.

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Patient education

Your doctor will take the time to explain the whole process, from the skin check to the results of your biopsy, and will give you advice to help prevent future skin cancers. We also supply information materials about self-assessment and the proper application of sunscreen. The National Skin Cancer Centres deliver education programs throughout the community to encourage the early detection of skin cancer. Our mission is to save lives and we do this through regular community talks and information nights for non-medical professionals on skin cancer prevention and detection.

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How we make a difference

Improve access to skin cancer care and reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease.

Reduce the waiting time for patients to receive efficient diagnosis and treatment.

Provide vital skin cancer care to communities with limited or no access to specialists.

Offer a high-quality referral option to local GPs managing patients outside their scope.

Relieve the public hospital system as most patients cannot afford specialist care.

Save lives by dramatically reducing the delay in diagnosis and treatment.

Pricing

We are dedicated to providing the best standard of patient care without compromise. Our highly qualified doctors will address
your skin health needs promptly and efficiently, and our specially trained support staff will minimise waiting times and ensure your
experience is as pleasant as possible.

The Darling Downs Skin Cancer Centre is a private billing facility and we appreciate full payment on the day of consultation. We offer
several payment options, including cash, EFTPOS and credit card. For your convenience, we use Medicare online so your rebate will
be refunded promptly. Please ask our staff for more information.

With the exception of DVA Gold Card holders, who will continue to be fully bulk-billed, patients will fall into one of two categories, "Concession" and "Private".

 

Skin Checks

New patient: $130.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $71.70]
Returning patient: $100.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $37.05]

We offer concession prices for Old Age Pensioners ONLY. Must be primary person on Pension Card.
New patient concession: $108.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $71.70]
Returning patient concession: $ 78.00 [Expected Medicare rebate: $37.05]

Additional fees apply for biopsies and other procedures. Procedures generally cost a fixed out-of-pocket fee between $50.00 and $200.00 above the expected Medicare rebate. This is at the doctor’s discretion and is loosely based on the complexity of the procedure.  We will ask the patient to pay the full amount of the procedure, and where possible we will arrange for the Medicare rebate to be lodged electronically.

 

Non-Laser Tattoo Removal

From $250.00 to $500.00 per session, depending on size, colour and location of tattoo.

Full-Body Photography

We may recommend full-body photography to monitor changes in lesions over time. We will take a set of 32 high-quality digital images which will be stored on a password-protected CD at a cost of $250.00.

Eco Sunsense Range

We are pleased to provide a range of Australian made, SPF50+, no nanoparticle sunscreens and moisturisers below the recommended retail price at our centre.