Monthly Archives: July 2016

26 Jul

Scientists Have Programmed Bacteria To Kill Cancer Cells In Mice

Scientists are successfully experimenting with a creative approach to treat cancer by genetically programming bacteria to invade tumours and destroy cells from within. In a study published this week in the journal Nature, authors showed programmed bacteria given to mice with aggressive liver cancer were able to destroy themselves while releasing a drug into the

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26 Jul

Breast Cancer Survivorship Project

Recently, Monash Health led the Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic project, to further develop the clinic’s facilities, patient resources and help improve access to better care. The Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic is a nurse-led clinic to facilitate transition from end of treatment to ongoing health and wellbeing.  The clinic aims to address quality of life issues

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26 Jul

Oncology Professional Development Sessions

Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS) and Peninsula Health have collaborated to develop 10 cancer education sessions for all staff. The professional development sessions are accessible via the SMICS website. If you have trouble loading the videos, please copy the URL into Chrome browser. SMICS request your assistance by completing this short, one minute evaluation

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26 Jul

MPCCC Welcomes Latest Victorian Cancer Plan

MPCCC welcomes the latest Victorian Cancer Plan, released today by Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy. The 2016-2020 Victorian cancer plan sets ambitious goals, and provides a framework to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians. The plan has a medium-term goal to save 10,000 lives by 2025. Through preventing cancers, detecting cancers earlier, improving treatment and

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25 Jul

What Now For Australian Research In A Post-Brexit World?

Aftershocks from the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will be felt in Australian research. Nobody can yet predict exactly what the ramifications will be now the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but UK science commentators are already foreshadowing Brexit Mark 2 – a Brain Exit of researchers. Brexit has created

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21 Jul

Suvivorship – Pathways To Wellness: Colorectal Cancer Shared Care Project

New holistic and sustainable models of follow-up are required for increasing numbers of Victorians who survive bowel cancer. SMICS and NEMICS commenced a three year project to implement colorectal cancer shared care follow-up in June 2016.  Funded by the Victorian Department of Health (Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program), the project will pilot shared care between Monash

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21 Jul

Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry – Australia and New Zealand Launch

On 17 June, The Movember Foundation hosted the launch of the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry – Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne at The Alfred Hospital. The Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry initiative will provide clinicians with information about how their patients are performing compared to others, to ensure consistent and best possible outcomes for patients.

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20 Jul

Prostate Summit 2016 Summary Report

The prostate summit provided an opportunity for clinicians from various disciplines to prioritise state-wide actions, that could reduce variations in practice and improve cancer outcomes for men with prostate cancer in Victoria.  This was the fourth in a series of tumour specific summits designed to engage clinicians and shape the state cancer reform agenda. On

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