Over 100 people attended the GI Cancer Institute’s first Engage Community Forum in Melbourne on 7 October 2013, which was organised to help people understand the challenges of gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer and the latest advancements in medical research.
Professor John Zalcberg, Chairman of the GI Cancer Institute provided an easy-to-understand overview of GI cancer and the impact of cancer on a patient’s quality of life; Associate Professor Niall Tebbutt, lead clinician for GI cancer research at Melbourne’s Austin Health and Northern Health institutions, spoke about the latest advancements in research and treatments; Amanda Piper from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre spoke about adjusting to the challenges following treatment and surviving GI cancer and Dr Shane Patella introduced the Engage program.
As a professional working in the pharmaceutical industry and member of the AGITG’s Consumer Advisory Panel – and closer to home, with a GI cancer sufferer in the family — Dr Patella understands the importance of clinical trials to find better health outcomes for patients with gastro-intestinal cancers.
“The Engage Forum provided an opportunity for those touched by GI cancer to discuss quality of life issues and surviving cancer with experts in the field,” says Dr Patella. “Despite the number of people diagnosed with GI cancer in Australia each year, there are very few occasions when those affected can come together and share their experiences and stories of hope in a non-clinical setting.”
One more free Engage Community Forum is planned Sydney
Thursday 21 November from 6.30pm — 8.30pm
Hilton Hotel, 488 George St, Sydney
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