Pandemic induced delays and the impact on cancer outcomes
Research is emerging showing how the disruptive power of the pandemic can have negative effects on cancer diagnosis and management.
We know that a diagnosis delayed by as little as three months may have clinical impact. For some cancers, this delay can lead to upstaging with potential impact on overall survival. It is a big issue for the cancer community and something the workforce is responding to.
Bendigo Health and Albury Wodonga Health to become VCCC Affiliate Partners
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is focused on improving cancer care for patients no matter where they live. The VCCC has signed new Memorandums of Understanding with Bendigo Health and Albury Wodonga Health to become VCCC Affiliate Partners.
Expert webinars available to all
In response to the challenges involved with managing cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) partnered with Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) to develop the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN). A major initiative of the VCCN has been to provide support, advice and discussion through a webinar series presented by metro and regional experts.
Online resources, templates and guidance
Clinical investigators seeking to develop an investigator-initiated trial (IIT) now have online access to a range of information, definitions, templates and guidance collated from across VCCC alliance members and the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) partner organisations.
Kathleen Wilkins - consumer representative
VCCC has a new process, providing financial recognition to people who contribute to the development of cancer research, care and education, when involved as active partners in our work. Kathleen Wilkins is representative of the capable people who give their time and effort to supporting organisations like the VCCC.
Understanding and applying genomic results in haematological disorders
Haematologists at all levels, specialist and advanced practice nurses, researchers and students are invited to a virtual symposium hosted by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Research & Education Lead Haematology program.
As the genomic identity of haematological disorders becomes better understood, we are moving closer than ever to adopting a precision medicine approach to managing individual patients.
Subject Development Coordinator: Cancer Prevention and Control
Are you interested in sharing your considerable knowledge in cancer prevention and control to help shape the subject within Australia's first Master of Cancer Sciences program?
We are seeking the right person to take overall responsibility for the design, implementation and delivery of the Cancer Prevention and Control subject in the Master of Cancer Sciences course. Join a committed team delivering the most up to date cancer education in the country.
Research Project Supervisor: Cancer Research Capstone
We require a casual Research Project Supervisor in the Cancer Research Capstone subject to take responsibility for the supervision of multiple students within the Master of Cancer Sciences course. The Research Project Supervisor will ensure that the student completing a research project under their supervision is provided continuing support and guidance in the conduct of their project, so as to produce a piece of work that is the best the student can achieve.
Cancer Diagnostics subject
We are currently offering open entry positions on our working party for the Cancer Diagnostics subject within the Master of Cancer Sciences and its nested programming.
Working party membership is an honorary role that will involve providing knowledge and advice to guide the development of the subject.
Learning about life on the other side
Keeping in touch with colleagues; to learn, network and understand first-hand what’s going on in the world is important to Australian health professionals. This year, I went to just one meeting in Germany before it became clear that travel was ill-advised. Within hours, my forward schedule bore no resemblance to previous years and nor will it for the foreseeable future.
But COVID-19 has not halted information sharing; it has accelerated it on a massive scale. Last week the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) first-ever virtual annual meeting attracted over 61,000 registrations from 140 countries.
New resources and training
Cancer clinical trials are experiencing a delivery revolution; adopting the teletrial model to implement trials across multiple sites.
Teletrials provide an opportunity to investigate rare cancers, widen patient recruitment and increase patient population diversity. Generally, they enable clinical trials to be opened at a primary clinical trial site in addition to singular or multiple satellite sites, including metro and regional locations.
Is delayed cancer diagnosis a consequence of COVID-19?
Some countries have reported a 40 per cent decline in cancer cases at the peak of COVID-19, but an early GP visit means hospitals can prioritise care and capacity for cancer patients.
In a report just published, Professor Maarten IJzerman and Professor Jon Emery of the VCCC maintain that diagnostic delays for new cancer patients could significantly affect survival of patients during COVID times with a commensurate impact on health service capacity required to deal with later stage cancers.
Connecting researchers with community
Professor Frederic Hollande, Deputy Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology and group lead in the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, is leading an initiative to bring Honours students and consumer representatives together to highlight the importance of consumer engagement and why it is vital at all levels of research.
Cancer care is safe
A new social media campaign has been launched as part of a joint initiative from Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance, Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and Cancer Council Victoria.
Acknowledgement for expertise and effort
Consumers have a significant impact on VCCC projects and programs. In recognition, VCCC is introducing recompense in acknowledgement of consumer contribution and expertise.
Telehealth holds up under scrutiny
Telehealth has become a vital tool for the care and safety of cancer patients during COVID-19 and has highlighted a variety of sustainable opportunities for the future provision of cancer services in Victoria.
Latest data derived from the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network’s (VCCN) Telehealth Expert Group chaired by Associate Professor Zee Wan Wong, Director of Oncology at Peninsula Health, indicates that 100 percent of Victoria’s health services are now using telehealth to maintain appropriate care for cancer patients.
Major research awards are offered from VCCC and MPCCC
The next generation of cancer research will be boosted with awards being offered through Victoria's leading cancer centres. The Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research supports outstanding PhD students in the disciplines of basic science, clinical science and population health.
The Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) inaugural Award for Outstanding Cancer Research will recognise the achivements of innovative and impactful Victorian mid-career cancer researchers.
Celebratory year coincides with global pandemic
2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by the World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
In this proposed year of acknowledgement and celebration, some nurses are being more challenged, are learning more, and are more publicly valued than ever.
SiteDocs in 17 clinical trial sites
The VCCC is generating new clinical trial capacity by improving efficiency, quality and consistency of clinical trial management.
The VCCC Building Capacity through Efficiency Program has successfully delivered several outcomes, including clinical trial site network development across metro and regional locations.
Increasing equity of care and providing easier access to cancer clinical trials
Physical distancing practices have accelerated alternative approaches to the care of patients with cancer, highlighting sustainable opportunities for future provision of cancer services in Victoria.
Cancer clinical trials are also experiencing a delivery revolution; adopting the teletrial model to implement trials across multiple sites.
Socially distanced Grand Round
The VCCC Grand Round Breast Cancer is a fortnightly meeting to showcase current research in breast cancer and to educate, stimulate and encourage collaborations.
The meeting is part of the VCCC’s Research and Education Lead Breast Cancer program, and presentations are currently being delivered via Webinar with large attendances. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 May.
Join a dynamic team in an exciting and progressive senior role
The collective expertise and skills represented in the VCCC alliance mean that our organisation can make a difference to the way clinical trials are conducted in Victoria. In the past two years much has changed on the clinical trials landscape and the impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery will add a further dimension to this constantly evolving area.
We would like to speak with you if you have a collaborative mindset and the passion to address areas of need in clinical trial activity across Victoria.
COVID-19 and cancer
In past weeks, we have seen extraordinary efforts by cancer health professionals, seeking to do their utmost to provide care and support for patients. I would like to thank you for your commitment in the face of COVID-19 events, and for your support for people who are undergoing cancer treatment within the greater ripple of a global pandemic.
The Victorian cancer community has really stepped up and come together. Your dedication to not only reducing the spread but supporting others across the state to provide equity of care is to be admired. In particular, the unselfish commitment of our clinical staff is awe-inspiring and something we should all be grateful for.
Leadership scholarship announced
Associate Professor Ngaire Elwood, Director, BMDI Cord Blood Bank and Head, Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Lab, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is this year's recipient of a $12,000 scholarship to undertake the Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program at the Melbourne Business School (MBS).
Our collaborations with Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) promote a whole of Victoria approach
Cancer alliances on both sides of the Yarra are working together to face the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support and advice to clinicians and health care services treating patients with cancer.
Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium is strategically placed to take a lead role in the Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Taskforce and Network (VCCN) initiative launched last week, by linking in its expansive network of leading cancer healthcare professionals and providing expertise from across the MPCCC partnership which includes the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre and the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service.