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2016 Greetings and Reflections

As 2016 draws to a close, the MPCCC leadership team would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy break over the summer holidays. We would also like to take this opportunity to reflect on 2016 and to consider what 2017 might look like for cancer improvement.

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MHTP Facility Delivers Growth in Early Phase Drug Trials for Monash Health Patients
Twelve months after the first cancer patient was treated in the new Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) and Phase I Oncology Clinical Trials at Monash Health are booming. Based in the start-of-the-art clinical trials floor of the Monash Health Translation Precinct the clinical trials unit includes 21 treatment chairs and 8 overnight beds for trial patients. Read more »

Monash Nurse Empowering Cancer Patients through Mobile App
Monash Health Lung cancer nurse consultant Sara McLaughlin-Barrett has developed a mobile application (app) that enables cancer patients to take control of their day-to-day treatment plan, record symptoms and treatment side effects. Read more »

Monash Leads NHMRC Project Grant Funding
Monash University’s cancer research will benefit from  $22.3 million in project grants awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Earlier this month, Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced $483 million of funding granted to 601 projects around Australia. Read more »

Hudson Researchers Identify Key Driver of Devastating Muscle Wasting Disease Affecting Cancer Patients
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, and is frequently associated with cachexia. Cachexia is a devastating weight- and muscle- wasting syndrome affecting as many as 80 per cent of advanced cancer patients. Read more »

Monash Clinician-Researcher Recognised For Work On Prostate Cancer
Congratulations Associate Professor Arun Azad on his recent academic promotion in the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University. A Consultant Medical Oncologist at Monash Health, Associate Professor Azad’s clinical and research work is focused on urological malignancies, especially prostate cancer. Read more »
Victorian Clinicians Rally to Improve Prospects for Lung Cancer Patients
Clinicians from across Victoria came together for a Community of Practice on the 6 December 2016 to discuss improvements in the delivery of lung cancer care and explore some of the common challenges facing lung cancer teams across the state. Read more »

Victorian MDM Quality Framework Project
A statewide quality framework for cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDM’s) has been funded by The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS) to enhance and support the quality, effectiveness and consistency of MDMs. Read more »

Optimal Care Pathways – Community of Practice
Delivering Optimal Care Pathways (OCP’s) will be a core activity of the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services over the next five years, to ensure better health service efficiencies and improved patient experiences and outcomes. Lung cancer and colorectal cancer have been identified as the two priority Optimal Care Pathways for review. Read more »

St John of God Berwick Expands Services for Oncology Patients in Southern Corridor
St John of God’s new Day Oncology and Day Infusion Centre in Berwick is providing an expanded program of integrated cancer services for patients in southern Melbourne. Located within the St John of God’s Berwick Specialist Centre which opened in February 2015, the Day Oncology Centre features twelve treatment spaces and other cancer support services including radiotherapy, medical imaging, pharmacy and on-site pathology. Read more »

Could a Cannabis Pill Reduce Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting?
For some cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the thought of joining their loved ones for a meal can be, quite literally, sickening. Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy can cause devastating physical side effects and wreck a patient’s social and family life. Patients say they find it difficult to manage the expectations of well-meaning family members and friends who want to “feed them up”, when their favourite foods become tasteless. Read more »

Human Trials for Potential Cancer Cure Unearthed in Australian Rainforest Underway
Australian scientists are trialling the cancer-fighting properties in fruit from rainforest trees in Far North Queensland. EBC-46 is a molecule found in the berries of the rainforest tree blushwood (fontainea picrosperma), which grows on the Atherton Tablelands. “It’s a small molecule which works with the body to destroy cancer, rather than being a chemo-therapy approach which can act against the body,” Dr Victoria Gordon, CEO of Q-Biotics, told TODAY. Read more »

Immunotherapy Before Surgery Could Dramatically Improve Cancer Survival Rates
QIMR Berghofer scientists have found that reversing the order of treatment for patients with certain cancers could dramatically improve survival rates. The researchers conducted a study of triple negative breast cancer in mice and found that about half were cured when they received immunotherapy drugs before surgery, rather than after.When the mice received the current regimen of immunotherapy drugs after surgery, very few were cured. Read more »
VIIN Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference 2017
Date: 15-17 February 2017 
Where: Lorne
Information and bookings

Immunotherapy Conference
Date: 10-12 May 2017
Where: Brisbane
Information and bookings
VICS Conference
Date: 11-12 May 2017
Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
Information and bookings

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics and Trends 2015
Find out about the latest cancer statistics in Victoria published by the Victorian Cancer Registry, at the Cancer Council Victoria. View Report »

Clinical Consultation Skills - Communication and Optimal Cancer Care
Recording of the Cancer Council Victoria webinar on Clinical consultation skills - Communication and optimal cancer care. Go to Webinar »

Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program
Visit NHMRC for an update of the Structural review of NHMRC grant program and to review the Public Consultation Submissions
Your Say - Cancer Care and Research in South-eastern Melbourne
Have your say about the priority activities for cancer care and research in south-eastern Melbourne by completing MPCCC's strategic planning survey. It will take 10-15 minutes of your time. Feel free to forward the link to your colleagues and patients and encourage them to participate too! Complete the survey and go into a draw to win a $100 David Jones voucher. Complete survey »

Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program
Phase II Grant Scheme 2017 Type 1 Capacity Building Grants - Funding Round Now Open More info »

NHMRC 2017 calendar
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Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision Research Fellowships in Bone Marrow Failure and Grant in Aid in Bone Marrow Failure
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is calling for full applications from appropriately qualified scientific or medical researchers for a Fellowship or Grant-in-Aid to support research into the causes and treatment of bone marrow failure (BMF) More info »

Blockade of the IL-6 trans-signalling/STAT3 axis suppresses cachexia in Kras-induced lung adenocarcinoma  Read article »

Inflammation, dysregulated metabolism and aromatase in obesity and breast cancer Read article »

Communication About Maternal Breast Cancer With Children: A Qualitative Study Read article »

Clonal Evolutionary Analysis during HER2 Blockade in HER2-Positive Inflammatory Breast Cancer: A Phase II Open-Label Clinical Trial of Afatinib +/- Vinorelbine. Read article »

ProtecTion from overtreatment - does a randomised trial finally answer the key question in localised prostate cancer? Read article »

From Breast Cancer to Antimicrobial: Combating Extremely Resistant Gram-Negative "Superbugs" Using Novel Combinations of Polymyxin B with Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Read article »

Exploring the rationale, experience and impact of using Cancer Information and Support (CIS) services: an international qualitative study Read article »
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