Engaging with the community

For the first time, the GI Cancer Institute launched a series of three community forums in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to help people understand the challenges of gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer and the latest advancements in medical research.

Over 400 people attended the forums where leading medical oncologists and health professionals provided an easy-to-understand overview of GI cancer. They spoke about the latest advancements in research and treatments and the importance of incorporating Quality of Life questions into research. Cancer survivors also shared their personal experiences about adjusting to the challenges following diagnosis and treatment for GI cancer.

“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,” said presenter Nick Goodall, cancer survivor and member of the Australasian Gastro Intestinal Trials Group Consumer Advisory Panel.

Feedback from participants was very positive. “One of the best forums I have ever been to – succinct, clear, passionate speakers. Easy to understand and very relevant,” wrote one attendee.   “I have been to many seminars as a nurse and I found this just amazing. I will be telling my colleagues to go too,” commented another.

More forums  are planned for 2014. Stay tuned!