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12 Jun 2019
  • VCCC Alliance
  • Cancer Symptom Trials (CST)
10.30am - 6pm

Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum

Palliative, supportive and cancer care professionals are invited to attend the VCCC and CST co-hosted Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum to progress clinical trials concepts in this evolving oncology field, recognise achievements, celebrate success and make connections for future directions.

Concept development workshop

Immunotherapy is transforming oncology, for people with cancer but also for the supportive care workforce. Despite this, the evidence to support optimal prevention and management of patient symptoms related to immunotherapy is not underpinned by robust evidence.

The concept development workshop is a mechanism for conversation and connection, to work together to take forward clinical trial opportunities for optimising care of patients undergoing immunotherapy.

Palliative care progress and achievements

The VCCC Building Trial Group Capability Program initial investment is focused on developing the palliative care group as a key priority area. The group’s development and activities have been underway for more than 12 months; it is timely to celebrate progress and achievements.

Registrations are now open. Please note you will need to register for morning and afternoon sessions separately.


Morning: VCCC Level 13, meeting room 1

Coffee / morning tea arrival

Level 13 breakout area


Convener: Jenny Philip

Welcome and acknowledgement of country

Jenny Philip


Session Chair: Meera Agar

Immunotherapy – now and near future 

Grant McArthur


Symptoms and management – review to date

Melanie Mora & Meera Agar


Community and personal costs

Richard De Abreu Lourenco



Level 13 breakout area and meeting room 2


New concept presentations

(request for abstracts)


Afternoon: VCCC Level 7, lecture theatre C

Afternoon tea

Level 7, atrium


Clinical trial Journey / where have come from

Brian Le


Program achievements

Jenny Philip


Showcases / personal ‘journeys’ / genesis of idea to trial

Three speakers

Medical and non-medical


Future of palliative care trials

Panel discussion



Level 7, atrium


Download a copy of the program

Call for new concept presentations

Do you have a concept or idea for a study or future trial? We would like to hear from you.

We are seeking ideas for studies, research or trials that relate to immunotherapy symptoms. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines at any stage of development.

Please fill out the new concept template, to submit your concept or idea.


Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel, if you have any questions, please contact Linda Brown, PaCCSC/CST National Manager via email Linda.Brown@uts.edu.au


  • Submissions close Wednesday 29 May
  • Panel outcomes communicated Monday 3 June