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August 2019 Newsletter
In this edition:

A summit project update
What's next for the Victorian clinician community

GRICS presents at the Colorectal Advisory Group
Dr Neil Jayasuriya

A new head and neck cancers patient resource
Beyond Five

Demystifying palliative care
Barwon Health Room 64 podcast

Managing fear of cancer recurrence 
Dr Maria Ftanou

Victorian Cancer Plan clinician consultation
Cancer Council Victoria
Summit Project Update
An external evaluation of phase two of the Victorian Tumour Summits project (2016–2019) was completed in May 2019. The project is currently in discussion and planning around details of the next phase and pending funding approval. Proposed adjustments to Victorian Tumour Summits include increased consumer participation in identifying areas for improvement in cancer care in Victoria. So far, the project has held summits for seven out of fifteen tumour types with an optimal care pathway. The tumour types flagged for upcoming summits in 2019 and 2020 include central nervous system and melanoma. Further information and updates on the next summit will be distributed through this newsletter.  
Colorectal 2018 Summit Update
Dr Neil Jayasuriya
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
New Head and Neck Cancers Patient Resource
Beyond Five
Launched in 2016, Beyond Five is Australia’s first head and neck cancer charity supporting patients with head and neck cancer, as well as their families, carers and the healthcare professionals who care for them. In the first six months of 2019 the Beyond Five website was viewed by more than 25,000 unique visitors, including over 4,100 from Victoria. Beyond Five has developed new content and a detailed illustration explaining how immunotherapy for head and neck cancer works...SEE MORE
Victorian Tumour Summits and NEMICS held a Soup for the Soul fundraiser lunch, in recognition of World Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Day, Sat 27 July 2019. All donations go to Beyond Five.
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 from everyone 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
Fear-Less Program
Dr Maria Ftanou
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in collaboration with the Alfred, the Psychosocial Oncology Research Co-operative Group, the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, survivors, and the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), has developed a stepped-care program aimed at addressing fear of cancer recurrence in survivors with stage IV melanoma who have been treated with immunotherapies or targeted therapies. The stepped-care program, titled 'Fear-Less'is supported by the Victorian Government. Fear-Less allows different intensity of interventions to be targeted to survivors with different levels of need..SEE MORE
6:00pm–8:00pm Wed 14 Aug @ Lecture Theatre 7B, Level 7 Peter Mac Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne
The Fear-Less program is running a free seminar, 'Managing Fear of Cancer Returning or Progressing'. This seminar will provide health practitioners with:
  • A patient’s experience of fear of cancer recurrence
  • A summary of the current research and treatment models of fear of cancer recurrence and progression
  • A discussion on the clinical implication of the research
  • An introduction to Fear-Less: A stepped-care program for treating fear of cancer recurrence and progression in patients with metastatic melanoma treated with immunotherapies or targeted therapies.
RSVP <> by Friday 2 August 2019
Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) invites you to attend a clinician consultation session to help inform our submission to the Victorian Government for the next Victorian Cancer Plan. This event will have a special focus on primary care, nursing and allied health priorities for the cancer plan. An online survey is also available on the CCV website
6:00pm–07:30pm Tue 13 Aug @ Meeting Room 312, Level 3 Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 
Light refreshments will be provided and free on-site parking will be available. Attendance places are limited.
RSVP <> (03) 9514 6675 to confirm attendance, parking requests and dietary requirements by Friday 9 August 2019
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Victorian Tumour Summits are an initiative of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services delivered in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services - Cancer Strategy Development (DHHS - CSD) and Cancer Council Victoria - Clinical Network (CCV - CN).
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