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Newsletter June 2019
In this edition:

The Colorectal Advisory Group reports on GICS' local investigation of summit data
by Mr David Deutscher

WCMICS begins work on a Head and Neck 2018 Summit outcome to establish a Victorian patient support group

A compilation of the Lung 2019 Summit themes provides an overview of discussions from the day
Melbourne University launches a pancreatic cancer website for patients and carers 
Recent and upcoming events
Colorectal Cancer 2018 Summit Update
Mr David Deutscher

Data presented at the Colorectal 2018 Summit showed utilisation of neoadjuvant radiotherapy in rectal cancer patient treatment (stages I, II, III) was significantly less for patients who had surgery within Grampians Integrated Cancer Service hospitals.
This data was discussed at the Ballarat Health Service colorectal multidisciplinary meeting and brought to the attention of the director of surgery. The director reviewed 44 consecutive ultra-low anterior resections from 2010 to 2018. The review provided an initial overview of the current service and any areas where the process might be improved. A common resection type was chosen to minimise differences caused by surgical technique... READ MORE
Head and Neck Cancers 2018 Summit Update
'I would've loved to have met people who were in a similar situation and to see how they're coping, and how they coped, and where they are now. That was the biggest thing, I would've loved to have had a group.'
Leesa Lachimia, head and neck cancers patient
Arising from outcomes of the most recent head and neck summit and a 2018 survivorship project, and complementary to the Head and Neck Optimal Care Pathway implementation, Western Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services will be establishing a Victorian Head and Neck support group. The group will be developed with the help of Cancer Council Victoria, utilising Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Support Group Program Framework... READ MORE

A Common Path Short

Lung Cancer 2019 Summit Update
An overview of summit day discussions on data, project learnings and advice, consumer recommendations and local action has been published on the NEMICS website. 
There is a true increase in diagnosis of lung cancer in Victorian women. These diagnoses are not related to smoking. Despite this increase there is a positive takeaway that survival rates for women are also increasing due to improvements in lung cancer treatment. It was noted that women who do smoke are more susceptible to the carcinogenic effects of cigarettes at lower pack years than men... READ MORE

PanSupport is a website produced by Melbourne University in collaboration with Pancare Foundation, RMIT University and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The website was designed by people living with pancreatic cancer as an online companion for patients and carers. The PanSupport website project examined the experiences of people affected by pancreatic cancer to develop a resource tailored to their information and support needs.

Using a co-design process that involved patients, families and multidisciplinary health professionals, the project has delivered a website that focuses on wellbeing and capacity to live as well as possible with pancreatic cancer. This is the first resource of its kind developed with and for Australians affected by pancreatic cancer. It includes information on accessing financial assistance, communicating with health professionals and connecting with support groups.

Pancare Foundation held the second Walk for Hope fundraiser on Sunday 28 April 2019 at Princes Park, Carlton. Over 1,100 participants collectively raised over $157,000 that will be directed into patient support services and research for pancreatic and other upper GI cancers. Walk for Hope continues in Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth this year, with Sydney currently raising $73,000.
Early bird registration closes Friday 7 June
Clinical Consultation Skills Building Retreat
Sunday 20–Wednesday 23 September @RACV Torquay Resort

In the third iteration of this unique program, expert clinicians deliver experiential learning to enhance core skills in clinical communication and mentoring junior staff. Areas of focus include:
  • Delivering bad news
  • Managing mismatched expectations
  • Determining goals of care
  • Discussing end-of-life care
Sat 20–Sat 27 July Head & Neck Cancers Soup for the Soul Fundrasier
Join Beyond Five and register for the Soup for the Soul fundraiser supporting World Head and Neck Cancers Day, 27 July. 

Soup for the Soul is the only event of its kind in Australia raising awareness and funds to support people affected by head and neck cancers. The idea is simple, just get your family, friends, colleagues or community together over a bowl of soup to raise awareness of head and neck cancers and to help raise vital funds for people affected by head and neck cancers.

Register at Soup for the Soul

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