Community Noticeboard

Significant reductions in the Commonwealth’s investment in radiation therapy are proposed from July 2017. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists estimate that the changes will cut $67 million from the sector over 3 years.

Read the Fact Sheet for consumers, and template letter, if you wish to write to your local MP to oppose this change in Federal Govt policy.

Radiation oncology is an essential treatment for a significant number of cancers. It is estimated to be involved in 40% of all cancer cures and is used in palliative care to relieve symptoms such as pain. 

However, it uses a number of highly expensive pieces of equipment. The Radiation Oncology Health Program Grants Scheme was designed to help cover the cost of this equipment and ensure that this equipment is replaced when needed. Due to the high cost involved in replacing this equipment, without support from the Government, it is likely that hospitals and practices will delay replacement resulting in equipment becoming aged and out of date. Before the ROHPG Scheme was introduced radiation therapy equipment was rarely replaced due to the high cost, which compromised patient treatment. 

We are concerned that these changes will threaten access to modern radiation therapy equipment and have a profound impact on the delivery of cancer care.

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel /Colorectal cancer (CRC) in the world. Research has shown that many bowel cancer survivors experience ongoing bowel problems often associated with depression, poorer physical health and distress. 

We invite you to participate in our research looking at physical, psychological and social adjustments made by people after Colorectal cancer (CRC) treatments. - more info at https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1UhP6nobYb6jQjP  or flyer.

If you are 18 to 65 years of age and have had a diagnosis of CRC, but are currently “cancer-free”, we are interested in hearing of your lived experiences.

 

We invite people affected by cancer, their family, friends and/or supporters, to join the Cancer Voices SA Walking Group.

We meet every Tuesday (weather permitting) at 9.30am for medium paced walks of about one hour duration. 

Walks start from Belair National Park Information Centre Car Park. Belair National Park Information Centre Car Park.

 

Consumers & community - key partners in biobanking.  Poster and Rapid-fire presentation at the Australasian Biobanking Network Conference in Adelaide on 13-14th Oct 2016. See poster here.

 

SAHMRI (SA Health & Medical Research Institute) clinician/ researchers  Dr Dan Worthley, Susi Woods and Tamsin Lannagan  invite people affected by colorectal cancer (survivors, patients & carers) to meet and discuss possilities to contribute to their cancer research.   Dr Worthley and his team would like to describe the work they do, and seek suggestions for further research that ‘people affected by colorectal cancer’ wish to see them do.

Dr Worthley’s research currently involves testing drugs or combinations of drugs and other agents on their ‘living cells biobank' of colorectal cancer samples, and investigating genetic mutations found in colorectal cancer cells.

Clinical trials are an important part of best practice care, especially for cancer patients.

Issues around facilities and space for clinical trials in the nRAH must be rapidly resolved.  Details here of Cancer Voices SA concerns about this issue, for people affected by cancer.

 

Seeking feedback from people who received neurotoxic chemotherapy (i.e. chemotherapy that can cause damage to the nerves) as a treatment for cancer. http://www.infocusstudy.org.au/survey/http://www.infocusstudy.org.au/survey/

A national survey of cancer survivors is aiming to investigate the impact of side effects of chemotherapy on the health, physical activity, and quality of life of Australian cancer survivors. 

Check out some highlights of Cancer Voices SA activity during 2015 - in our 2015 Snapshots.

Thank you everyone who helped and participated.

Sign upSign up and show your support for the  Flinders Charter of Cancer SurvivorshipFlinders Charter of Cancer Survivorship.

Anyone affected by cancer is invited to sign up. The Flinders Survivorship Charter is an outcome of the inaugural Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) Survivorship Conference . It brought together cancer clinicians, researchers, policy advisors and survivors from Australia and the world to share their insights into exciting developments in the field of cancer survivorship.  

See the Survivorship Conference program and presentations that speakers are willing to share: Click hereClick here

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