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17 Sep 2019
  • VCCC Alliance

The Next Wave: the future of cancer care from Victoria and beyond

Everyone is invited to a free public forum hosted by multi-award winning ABC journalist, Natasha Mitchell. Please join us to learn, discuss and debate the future of cancer care, from Victoria and beyond.

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Overcoming cancer is closer than ever to reality.

The past three decades have seen a significant increase in five-year cancer survival rates from 50 to 70 per cent. Here in Victoria we have the best cancer survival rates in the world.

As genomics, personalised medicine, immunotherapy, big data, new technologies and major improvements in patient care come together, we are on the cusp of a further upswing in these numbers.

Right now, however, cancer remains a major cause of illness and death. Many surviving patients are left with significant long-term effects from treatments. In addition, cancer outcomes are not equal for all patients with notable differences for patients in rural and regional areas and Indigenous Australians.

  • How will cancer care change in the future?
  • How can we capitalise on new knowledge and technologies to save lives?
  • How can we increase equity of access to cancer services to benefit more people in Victoria, Australia and beyond?

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance is bringing together leading Australian and international experts for a very special public forum.

Please join us for non-alcoholic drinks and canapes from 6.00pm. Program begins promptly at 6.30pm.

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Natasha Mitchell
Multi-award winning ABC journalist, presenter, podcaster and documentary maker.

Keynote presentation:

Professor Doug Hanahan, professor and director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and co-author of the seminal paper The Hallmarks of Cancer

Panel discussion:

Professor Mei Krishnasamy, Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne and VCCC Research & Education Lead, Cancer Nursing

Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Head Molecular Oncology Laboratory; Consultant Medical Oncologist, Senior Principal Research Fellow (NHMRC), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Rob Ramsay, patient treated for prostate cancer and joint head-Gastrointestinal Cancer Program, both at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Alison Jones, author of The Jones Family Food Roster

Dr Cuong Do, Medical Oncologist, Western Health

Registrations essential - secure your place!