This year the Survivorship Conference was again held in Adelaide in February. The conference brings together a diverse group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers from around Australia and beyond to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by cancer. The theme this year was “Cancer Survivorship 2017: pathways to better policy and practice” which focussed on how to translate the growing evidence in this area into day to day applications.
Russell Conley, EO of the GI Cancer Institute, Dan Kent, Chair of the AGITG Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP) and Julie Marker, member AGITG CAP had an opportunity to present information about the Engage Community Forums program in the poster section of the conference. The poster described the development of the program, which was initiated by the AGITG Consumer Advisory Panel. In 2013, the members of the CAP recognised a need in the community for up to date information about GI cancer and clinical trials. (pictured above Russell Conley with Dan Kent at the conference with the Engage Community Forums poster in the background)
“This conference is of great value to our community of cancer survivors, carers and medical practitioners,” said Dan Kent. “The evidence based information that is available now about the experiences and needs of cancer survivors is far greater than it used to be. This is a testament to the growth in the survivor population due to improvements in treatment of cancer.”