Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a Gastro-Intestinal Cancer?

With 28,600 new diagnoses a year, you are not alone.

Join the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer community online on Tuesday 12 October, 5:30-6:30pm AEDT

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Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer is the most common cancer in Australia with 28,600 Australians diagnosed every year. It affects the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bowel.

Hosted by Dr Shalin Naik from ABC TV’s Ask the Doctor, this free forum features an expert panel of health professionals and community members affected by GI cancer, including Cancer Australia CEO Dorothy Keefe. Attend the forum to:

  • Learn more about cancer research in Australia
  • The impact a GI cancer diagnosis has on someone and their family
  • Hear about cutting edge GI cancer research from medical specialists
  • Ask questions to the expert panel

Join us online:

  • Date: Tuesday 12 October, 2021
  • Time: 5:30-6:30pm

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Our expert panel: 

Professor Dorothy Keefe PSM, CEO Cancer Australia

Professor Dorothy Keefe has led Cancer Australia, Australia’s national cancer agency, since 2019. Prior to this she had a long and distinguished career as a medical oncologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and as Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Adelaide, where she remains an Honorary Clinical Professor. Her long-term research interest is in Supportive Care in Cancer and she is a past-President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). She has led cancer services at all levels, as well as health reform in South Australia. She has a Master’s in Medical Leadership and a strong interest in advocacy, career development and mentoring. She is committed to patient-centred care, reducing unnecessary variation in cancer outcomes, and to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Dr Lorraine Chantrill, GI Cancer Institute Chair 

Dr Chantrill is a Senior Staff Specialist Medical Oncologist and Head of Service for Medical Oncology across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), and Area Clinical Director of Clinical Trials. Dr Chantrill treats patients with any cancers of the digestive tract as well as gynaecological cancers and lung cancers. She is a key opinion leader and expert in the field of pancreas cancer. Lorraine completed a PhD by research in the Pancreas Cancer Group at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre in pancreas cancer genomics. Lorraine continues to be an active clinician researcher trying to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside. She has extensive experience managing Oncology Clinical Trials and is the Principal Investigator on several clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancers. Lorraine is keen to increase the number of clinical trials conducted in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District. She believes clinical trials are not only vital for research but offer hope to participants. Lorraine is keen to build the region’s clinical trial portfolio to give patients access to some new and emerging therapies.

Professor Robert George Ramsay, Co-Head Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Ramsay is also the head of the Differentiation and Transcription Laboratory at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; Chair of the GI Cancer Institute Translational Research Committee and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee. The last decade and a half has shifted Professor Ramsay’s lab’s focus into the areas of tumour immunology, immune gene dysregulation and associated inflammation-mediated events (like cancer surgery) that predispose to cancer. The lab has pioneered the use of organoids (3D models of mouse and human cancer) along with innovative immune function assays publishing the first use of mouse and human colorectal cancer organoids in Australia. His team has a direct role in several GI cancer-focused clinical trials enjoying the interactions with clinicians as we aim to translate lab findings into clinical practice change.

Jeff Cuff, GI Cancer Institute Consumer Advisory Panel member

Jeff has been focused on cancer research, in particular colorectal cancer, following the death of his wife from colorectal cancer eight years ago. He is a member of several cancer research organisations including advisory panels with the GI Cancer Institute, Concert (previously the TCRN), the Cancer Council of NSW and the Walter and Eliza Hall of Medical Research. Jeff is also a member of several working parties such as Colonoscopy Surveillance Guidelines Working Party, Pathways Scientific Advisory Committee for Colorectal Cancer and Lynch Syndrome and Colorectal Cancer Clinical Guidelines Committee. Jeff currently has a research position at UNSW in laboratory research studying colorectal cancer.

Engage Forum Host: Dr Shalin Naik

Dr Shalin Naik is a cell biologist focused on the building blocks of life – immunology and developmental biology. After studying in Australia, he relocated to Amsterdam to work at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, completing his post-doctorate degree in the laboratory of Professor Ton Schumacher. Now he is running his own stem cell research laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. In 2013, he was awarded the Young Tall Poppy of the Year which celebrates researchers with notable scientific achievements who communicate well with the wider community. Dr Naik has also hosted various shows on the ABC including ‘Ask the Doctor’, ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Search for Superhuman’.


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