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October 2019 Newsletter
In this edition:

Colorectal advisory group WCMICS presentation
Prof Peter Gibbs

Colorectal cancer summit report
Mr Brian Hodgkins and Dr Geoff Chong

Improving clinician–patient communication
Dr Sharon Licqurish

The Love and Light Lung Cancer Support Group
Ken Bottrell

The future of palliative care
Barwon Health Room 64 podcast

Head and neck cancers information session
Western and Central Melbourne ICS

Colorectal Advisory Group WCMICS Presentation
Prof Peter Gibbs
The Victorian Colorectal Cancer Advisory Group was formed after the Colorectal 2018 Summit held in March last year, to ensure that findings and conclusions of this repeat summit were acted upon. Members of the group present progress of local investigations into summit-identified variations at meetings, in order that learnings are shared and opportunities for further collaboration found...SEE MORE
Colorectal Cancer Summit Report
Mr Brian Hodgkins and Dr Geoff Chong
The Department of Health and Human Services report, 'Colorectal Cancer in Victoria: Optimal care pathway data summary', is now available on the department website. This data summary report is a 30-page document that has been prepared by departmental statisticians with overview from the Colorectal 2018 Summit working party. 
The report includes clinical commentary on data, key variations for local action as identified by Integrated Cancer Services and recommended actions from the summit. Palliative care data is now available and included at the end of the report.

View the report on the department website <>
Improving Clinician–Patient Communication
Dr Sharon Licqurish
When the 2013 Victorian Cancer Experience Survey found that people undergoing treatment for cancer were less than satisfied with communication from their health care providers, many cancer services prioritised programs to improve communication. Effective communication between people with cancer and their clinicians has been shown to reduce stress, improve pain control, increase adherence to treatment...SEE MORE
The Love and Light Lung Cancer Support Group
Ken Bottrell
If you don’t rattle the can, nothing happens. My wife, Dale, was diagnosed with stage four non-small cell lung cancer in 2013—inoperable. We were rattled after her diagnosis. We’d been together for fifty plus years of marriage. I didn’t know what to do or where to go, there was no money for lung cancer coordinators. There was an occasion early on where I spoke very plainly about the problems in lung cancer care...SEE MORE
The Future of Palliative Care
Barwon Health
Room 64 is a volunteer-produced podcast named after the room where Anglesea centenarian Evelyn Brooks spent her final three weeks in May 2018, and was the idea of her daughter Christine. Ms Brooks said she wanted people to gain a better understanding of palliative care experiences, including the way people discuss the challenging topic of dying and death. 
Former BBC documentary producer Dominic Black helped host and produce the podcast series. 'The thing that comes across is that palliative care is everybody’s business, and as communities look forward, you want to grow the capacity for people to engage.'...SEE MORE
Head and Neck Cancers Information Session
On Friday 26 July, Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) organised a head and neck cancers event, titled ‘Quality of Life’. Dr Tsien Fua spoke on the eve of World Head and Neck Cancer Day about the importance of raising awareness each year. He also eloquently described major quality of life aspects such as hair that doesn’t grow back, changes in speech, dry mouth, lack of taste for favourite foods, changes in relationships with loved ones and fear of cancer recurrence. Two consumers, Ben and Chris, each shared their lived experiences of life before cancer, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and support...SEE MORE

10:00am–1:00pm Fri 25 Oct, 2019 @ Kensington Town Hall, 30–34 Bellair St, Kensington, Melbourne

Join WCMICS at a free event for people affected by head and neck cancer, their carers and family members. It will provide participants with information on head and neck cancers and the opportunity to hear and share stories and experiences. You will also hear from a variety of healthcare professionals.

There will be stalls covering a variety of aspects including:
  • Oral care
  • Good nutrition and eating
  • Treatment and side effects
  • Supports available
Contact WCMICS on 03 8559 8560 or at <>
Register at Eventbrite <>
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