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24 Oct

Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery Appoints New Recruits to Support MPCCC’s Cancer Research Programs

Two post-doctoral research fellows will be welcomed by the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery over the coming months, and will provide crucial support to the cancer research activities led by Cabrini in collaboration with Monash University and MPCCC’s clinical partner organisations. Dr Christine Koulis received her PhD from University of Melbourne in 2008 from

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21 Oct

International Agreement to Take Cancer Biology Research to the Fore

Hudson Institute has entered into an international collaborative research agreement with Ariel University (Israel) and ASCI Pharma Pty Ltd on a cancer biology project designed to translate its discoveries into patient treatments. The partnership combines the expertise and resources of three partners including: Hudson Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne): Specialist understanding of cancer, both clinical

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19 Oct

Victorian Government Targets Zero Avoidable Patient Harm

On 17 October, the Victorian Government released Targeting Zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care, the final report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance, led by Dr Stephen Duckett together with its response, Better, Safer Care. The Government and the Department of Health and

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19 Oct

Stem Cell Breakthrough Towards Treating Childhood Cancers

Scientists from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) are one step closer to understanding how to create blood stem cells in the laboratory to treat blood disorders and childhood cancers like leukaemia. The breakthrough technology will first be used to examine the underlying genetic causes and investigate better treatments for these diseases. MCRI’s cell biology

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02 Oct

Can We Use a Simple Blood Test to Detect Cancer?

Breast cancer could be detected using a blood test, according to reports out today. Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) are working with counterparts in France to make this form of cancer detection, that is far less invasive and expensive than other tests such as biopsies, a reality. Researchers say they’ll be able to

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27 Sep

Free Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Training for Nurses

This online activity Initiating Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning helps nurses to screen for supportive care needs and provides a number of key assessment tools for use within general practice. This course is APNA Endorsed and free to nurses working in Australian general practice and includes training, face-to-face workshops and CPD recognition.  

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27 Sep

Lung Cancer Online Tool Available for Nurses

Compared to non-Indigenous Australians, 70% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to die from lung cancer. Acknowledging the importance of these statistics Cancer Australia has developed a free online module for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health workers which is also a useful tool for nurses working in this area. The module includes video segments depicting

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26 Sep

Study Shows How Chinese Medicine Kills Cancer Cells

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China – a Traditional Chinese Medicine – works to kill cancer cells. Compound kushen injection (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumours, usually as an adjunct to western chemotherapy

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26 Sep

‘The Pill’ to Thank for Drop in Ovarian Cancer Deaths

A worldwide decline in deaths from ovarian cancer has been credited to oral contraceptives in a new global study. Researchers found that, in many countries, decreases in ovarian cancer matched up with increased use of the pill, although a decline in hormone replacement therapy may also be a factor. Both Australia and New Zealand have

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26 Sep

Researchers Identify Genetic Key to More Precise Cancer Treatment

International research has found some patients with oesophageal cancer should receive a combination of treatments, due to multiple genetic changes or mutations contributing to their disease. The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute collaborated on the study led byCancer Research UK and the International Cancer Genome Consortium. The study identified three distinct

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