Approach

After 26 years of managing prostate cancer I have learnt that it is critical to have the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. I am also very aware that outcomes need constant monitoring. With this in mind, I work with an amazing team that support me. We strive to deliver complete compassionate care, something we pride ourselves on. Over the last 20 years, the sophisticated research team that monitors our outcomes has helped us tailor treatments. This has enabled me to deliver evidence-based results in a very personal way.

To evolve as a surgeon it has been indispensable to be involved in research. Science has been my greatest ally, allowing me to introduce, where indicated, the latest technologies in diagnostics and surgery. Yet, no matter how advanced we become the final treatment decision is for most of patients not an easy one. Helping a patient with his decision is very much a part of my job. I spend time with each patient and ensure that he and his family are fully informed about the treatments and their possible side effects. I also make sure they have a clear idea of the likely outcome that can be delivered.

Finally, I treat more than just the cancer. The highly skilled and dedicated people I am fortunate enough to work with, assist in providing care for the whole person, working to improve outcomes and quality of life. This integrative approach requires careful planning. I believe that tailoring the right treatment plan for my patients is crucial, and I have put much time into helping patients understand how to choose the right treatment.

 

About Phillip

Phillip is the Chairman of the Department of Urology, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Clinic since 2003, and a Director of the St Vincent's Prostate Cancer Centre.

The Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in New South Wales recently appointed him as clinical director. He is also a member of the National Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Philip is currently the highest volume robotic surgeon in Australasia

He is perhaps best known for his work developing nerve sparing techniques to help patients maximise potency