Dr Nick Zdenkowski is a Medical Oncologist who specialises in the care of patients with breast cancer. He values shared decision-making in diagnostic and treatment decisions, to ensure that the preferences of patients and their support people are at the centre of their care. He offers patient-centred, evidence-based treatment which gives the best possible outcome for each individual.
Dr Nick offers the latest in medical oncology treatments for breast cancer, including chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and hormone-blocking therapies. Chemotherapy and targeted therapies are delivered under his supervision by a team of specialised oncology nurses in a modern, comfortable day treatment centre on the first floor of the specialist suites opposite Lake Macquarie Private Hospital (www.huntercancercentre.com.au). If needed, he admits patients to Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, with the support of the Emergency Department and the Oncology ward.
Dr Nick was awarded his PhD in 2018 from the University of Sydney, which focussed on shared decision-making in cancer care. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine undergraduate training at the University of Newcastle in 2005 before proceeding to Physician training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and Medical oncology training in Newcastle culminating in Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012. During this time he also completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle and a Clinical Diploma of Palliative Care with the College of Physicians.
In the rapidly changing world of oncology, keeping up to date with the best medical evidence is vital. Dr Nick regularly attends national and international conferences to offer the best possible treatments and advice. He also has a strong research interest, having published more than 28 peer-reviewed manuscripts since 2012, and presented research results at national and international scientific meetings. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Breast Cancer Trials, a national collaborative clinical trials group, and works with that Group as a Medical Advisor. He also sits on a number of trial and research Steering Committees. He collaborates with researchers in Newcastle, Australia and internationally to improve the lives of all patients with breast cancer.
Dr Nick consults at the Breast and Endocrine Centre (www.thebec.com.au) on the ground floor of the specialist suites on Sydney St Gateshead, opposite Lake Macquarie Private Hospital. The Breast Centre is a comprehensive breast specialty clinic, with Medical Oncologists, Breast and General Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Physiotherapists, a breast nurse, on-site medical imaging and pathology, to ensure that patients with breast cancer receive quick answers and prompt, effective treatment.