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MPCCC 2019 Cancer Forum Dinner

Tuesday 3 September 2019
Huntingdale Golf Course
Windsor Avenue, Oakleigh South
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Monash-Gippsland Teletrials Project activates first clinical trial

Since its commencement six months ago, the Monash-Gippsland Teletrials (MGTT) project has now established a clinical trials site at Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH) and is in the process of activating its first trial. 

The investigator-led DYNAMIC Rectal trial will begin in at LRH in late 2019. This trial is also being conducted across a number of other sites throughout Australia and has been sponsored by the Australian Gastro-intestinal Trials Group (AGITG). Continue reading »

MPCCC’s pilot of shared care for cancer-related depression reaches evaluation phase

As MPCCC’s pilot of shared-care for cancer related depression approaches completion, participants will be invited to evaluate the feasibility of the model and its potential to provide effective and efficient supportive care for cancer patients in the community.

Shared care is a team-driven approach, in which multidisciplinary healthcare professionals work together to maximise the care of individual patients. Continue reading »

MPCCC’s Molecular Tumour Boards and Precision Oncology Seminars drive innovation in personalised cancer treatment

Since its commencement in September 2018, the MPCCC Precision Oncology Program has established regular Molecular Tumour Board meetings that focus on three distinct tumour streams.

“Our Molecular Tumour Boards have been successful in creating space for discussions about selection of therapies based on genomic tumour profiling, in patients whose cancers are resistant to standard treatments,” said Professor Mark Shackleton, Clinical Director of the MPCCC Precision Oncology Program. Continue reading »

Registration open for Precision Oncology Seminar

Dr Richard Tothill leads the Rare Disease Oncogenomics laboratory within the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research and is dedicated to translational research of rare and orphan cancers. 

Dr Tothill will present 'Genome profiling of Cancers of Unknown Primary' in a Molecular Tumour Board format at this Precision Oncology Seminar. 

When: Friday 30 August, 12.30-1.30pm
Where: Frankston Hospital
More information and registration

MPCCC to pilot real-time PROMs and PREMs

Two complementary pilot projects will serve as vital foundation work for the implementation of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient-Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) across MPCCC hospitals, and inform future improvements to patient care and quality of life.

The collection of PROMs and PREMs assists clinicians to identify patients’ symptoms or concerns, facilitates appropriate management and provides opportunity to include the patient perspective in assessing quality of health care. Continue reading »

SMICS continues developing Optimal Care Pathways

SMICS continues to work on Optimal Care Pathways projects within its member health services at Alfred Health, Monash Health, Cabrini Health and Peninsula Health in conjunction with other Integrated Cancer Services in Victoria. Individual detailed updates on prostate, colorectal, pancreatic, head and neck, lung, oesophagogastric and SIPI will be provided in the MPCCC Annual Report which is due for circulation on 3 September 2019.
Patient & Carer Cancer Information Room at Monash Cancer Centre, Moorabbin Hospital, Monash Health

SMICS has sponsored the development of a Patient and Carer Cancer Information Room (the Room) to assist patients, their families and carers to explore a wide range of cancer related resources which will complement the care provided by Monash Health Cancer Services. Continue reading »

WeCan increases access to supportive care in Victoria

SMICS are currently working with member health services to refresh local supportive care initiatives and introduce the new WeCan Cancer Supportive Care resources for cancer consumers and clinicians. Continue reading »

Victorian Integrated Cancer Service (VICS) Conference: partnering to optimise patient outcomes in cancer

The 4th VICS biennial conference was held on 9-10 May 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and aimed to build upon the success of previous conferences. Continue reading »

MPCCC is the Cancer and Blood Disease Theme of the Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and has a formal alliance with the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services (SMICS). Our partner organisations include Monash University, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Alfred Health, Monash Health, Peninsula Health, Cabrini Health and Eastern Health.
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