About Us

Andrew Mackintosh MBChB, FRANZCOG, FRCOG
Completed his under-graduate medical training at the University of Otago and Wellington Hospital. Post-graduate training was at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland and at Hillingdon, Poole and St. Thomas’ Hospital (London, UK). He worked at National Women’s Hospital as a gynaecological surgeon and gynaecological oncology surgeon until 1999 and is now performing surgery at Ascot Hospital. He is fully trained in gynaecological laparoscopic surgery, is a member of the International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and is actively involved in clinical pathological review of gynaecological cancers.

 

 

John Whittaker MBChB, FRANZCOG, MRCOG, CGO
Graduated at the University of Otago in 1977. Completed general O&G training in the UK and New Zealand and then two years training in Gynae Oncology at Gateshead in the UK. Works as a Gynae Oncologist at National Womens Hospital as well as in private practice. Obtained CGO (Certificate in Gynaecological Oncology) in 1998 and is actively involved in clinical pathological review of gynaecological cancers.

 

 

 

Ai Ling Tan MBBS, DipObs, FRANZCOG, MRCOG, CGO
Graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1984. Postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Womens Hospital and Brighton Hospital in the United Kingdom. Since 1994 has worked as a specialist Obstetrician Gynaecologist both at National Womens Hospital and in private. Underwent formal subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology in Sydney and Melbourne to obtain certification in gynaecological oncology (CGO). Currently working as a Gynaecology Oncologist at National Womens Hospital and Ascot Hospital. Other areas of interest include preinvasive lower genital tract disease and vulvar conditions.

 

What We Offer

What do we offer you?

As a leader in pre-malignant and malignant cancer care and treatment in New Zealand, the Women’s Cancer Centre of New Zealand provides expert advice and treatment for all types of gynaecological and breast cancers for women. The team at the Women’s Cancer Centre is made up of a group of doctors who specialize in gynaecological and breast oncology. Their approach is one of competence, care and expertise with respect to the patient’s needs. With the combination of working experience and oncology training all the doctors at the Centre are able to provide a comprehensive range of knowledge and skills for screening advice and treatment of both pre-malignant and malignant and gynaecological and breast cancers.

What is a Gynaecological Oncologist?

Oncology is a branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of cancer. Gynecological-oncology is a sub-specialty of gynaecology dealing with cases of female reproductive tract cancers. After completion of general obstetrics and gynecology specialist training, the doctor then completes an additional three years of further formal training specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of women with gynaecological cancer. This training includes advanced surgery of the female genital tract, bowel and urinary tract as well as training in chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The doctor is then required to sit and pass an examination set by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to obtain a Certificate in Gynaecological Oncology (CGO). Recertification every three years is mandatory to continue to practice as a certified gynaecological oncologist.

What Services are Provided?

Between the doctors at the Women’s Cancer Centre a comprehensive range and expertise is offered for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of pre malignant and malignant and gynaecology and breast oncology.

    This includes:
    • Screening Procedures
    • Colposcopic and clinical assessment of premalignant lesions
    • Surgical Treatment & Staging of Cancers
    • Integrated care with Radiation Oncologists & Medical Oncologists
    • Follow up care and ongoing management of malignant cancers
    • Long Term Follow-up Care & Management of patients with “at risk” lesions
    • Multi Disciplinary Meetings
    • Review Of Previous Opinion & Management
    • Educational information on the Women’s Cancer Center of New Zealand web for women with cancer

Referral to any of the doctors at the Women’s Cancer Centre on behalf of your patient can be made by telephoning Ascot Central Women’s Clinic. The Reception is open from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm Monday-Friday. During these hours an appointment can be made by telephoning the rooms on (09) 520.9361.

Multi Disciplinary Meeting

Weekly Multi Disciplinary Meetings are held by the doctors of the Women’s Cancer Centre of New Zealand. The meeting is made up of a team of gynaecological oncologists, pathologists as well as medical and radiation oncologists. Cancer cases are reviewed and discussed at the meetings including any previous histology results, which are re-examined. This ensures that each case is looked at on an individual basis to ensure that the best and most appropriate plan is made for that particular woman. Treatment, management and follow up care is discussed and agreed upon by all members of the team. This means that the management of the cancer has been based on a group decision of cross disciplines and does not rely on a single individual’s opinion and expertise. If you have a case you would like discussed at one of these meetings please contact the rooms. As well as the full name of the patient to be reviewed, the details we would require are: date of birth, complete history and current diagnosis, operative procedure and findings including any histology or image references. A full report from the meeting will be sent to you with the recommendations from the team.