Cancer the leading cause of Indigenous deaths after large spike

Dana McCauley, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2020 Cancer has overtaken circulatory disease as the leading cause of Indigenous deaths in NSW and Victoria, prompting a new campaign aimed at improving screening, treatment and lifestyle factors. John Delaney, a Kamilaroi elder who was diagnosed with lung cancer six years ago, smoked cigarettes for 37 years […]

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Novel Radiotherapy Reduces Swallowing Difficulties in Head and Neck Cancer

Cancer Research from Technology Networks, 1 June 2020 A new optimised intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) pioneered at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London, has been shown to spare head and neck cancer patients’ adverse life-long side effects post treatment. The initial results from the Dysphagia-Aspiration Related Structures (DARS) trial, funded by Cancer Research […]

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Forum Postponed to 2021, Video Series Announced

I am sorry to inform you that we have had to cancel the Forum planned to be held on Friday 16 October 2020 at The Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, due to the risks associated with COVID-19. We plan to reschedule the face-to-face Forum to late 2021, if it is safe to gather […]

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Forum Postponed

Due to health considerations in relation to the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to postpone the Head & Neck Cancer Forum in Sydney hosted by St Vincent’s Hospital and The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, previously scheduled for 12 June 2020 The NEW DATE for the 2020 Head & Neck Cancer Forum is Friday 16 October 2020. […]

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Early Promise for Radiation, Immunotherapy in H&N Cancer

by Charles Bankhead, Senior Editor, MedPage Today. February 27, 2020 Pairing radiotherapy with an immune checkpoint inhibitor for locally advanced head and neck cancer met or exceeded disease control projections in a preliminary clinical study. Patients treated with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) and concurrent radiation therapy had yet to reach the median progression-free survival (PFS) after a […]

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The key to tackling shocking Māori cancer mortality rates

Janine Rankin, Stuff, 1 March 2020 A friendly face, a good listener, and support from someone who knows the system and the culture could be the key to stemming shocking cancer mortality rates for Māori. Massey University researcher Monica Koia says all Māori should have access to Māori cancer navigators, a service first introduced in New Zealand in the MidCentral District […]

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The Truth About Caring for Someone with Throat Cancer – the Tears, the Frustration and the Anger

Throat Cancer Foundation, 28 February 2020 Throat cancer can change many lives in an instant, quickly altering family and relationship dynamics. Caring for someone with throat cancer can often be a frustrating and isolating experience, particularly if the carer doesn’t have a good support network. Dr Elaine Emmerson, who is leading a groundbreaking treatment for […]

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The Head and Neck Cancer Patient Forum

Richard Gallagher, richardgallagher.com, 26 November 2019 The inaugural Head and Neck Cancer Patient, Carer and Team Forum will take place in Sydney at St Vincent’s Hospital on Friday June 12, 2020. I am very excited to be working with patient advocate Julie McCrossin to convene this forum. It is a unique opportunity for head and […]

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Is Proton Therapy Safer than Traditional Radiation?

National Cancer Institute, February 11, 2020 A type of radiation treatment called proton beam radiation therapy may be safer and just as effective as traditional radiation therapy for adults with advanced cancer. That finding comes from a study that used existing patient data to compare the two types of radiation. Traditional radiation delivers x-rays, or beams of […]

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