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Dr Mark Buzza appointed Head of Clinical Research Programs of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance
As the VCCC moves towards an exciting new chapter in our growth and development, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Buzza as Head of Clinical Research Programs. Mark will lead the strategic development and operational delivery of the VCCC clinical research programs portfolio.
Bringing best treatment closer to home
Cancer patients in regional Victoria will have better access to cutting edge treatments through new partnerships between the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and local regional health services.
“The VCCC is focused on improving outcomes for patients with cancer no matter where they live in metropolitan, regional, or rural Victoria,” Executive Director of the VCCC, Professor Grant McArthur, said.
Under new Memorandums of Understanding, Bendigo Health and Albury Wodonga Health will be Affiliate Partners of the VCCC.
The impact of cancer is more than physical. For many patients, the emotional and psychological challenge of absorbing a new diagnosis or progression of the disease is just as difficult as the physical effects. As doctors, our ability to inform and support patients with compassion is a critical aspect of care and treatment.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and associated precautions, the delivery of compassionate medical care for patients with cancer is more important than ever. We know that patients with cancer are experiencing high levels of anxiety and stress. Calls to Cancer Council’s information and support line have increased in number and duration.
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance and Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium join forces to coordinate response to COVID-19
A new collaborative platform will help health professionals respond to the treatment and care needs of patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new network will tap the extensive knowledge held by individual clinicians, departments, institutions and patient advocacy groups across Victoria, Australia and internationally, to curate, collate and share guidance, ideas and solutions for health professionals who urgently need this support.
In accordance with our COVID-19 precautions, VCCC event and activities will be postponed or delivered online where possible:
Workshop and training programs: postponed, we are currently working on dates for rescheduling from August.
Seminars and lectures, such as Monday Lunch Live: to be delivered via GoToWebinar and other accessible platforms where possible, see the VCCC Events page for updates.
Symposiums and conferences: postponed, we are working on dates for rescheduling from September. Where postponement is not possible these events will be cancelled.
The Australian Government’s $32 million Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative, through the Medical Research Future Fund, has been awarded to MTPConnect.
To deliver the program, MTPConnect is partnering with research, training and industry organisations to deploy an integrated, three-pillar plan driving skills development and workforce training that brings together researchers, clinicians, industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The incidence rate of childhood cancer in Australia increased by 1.2 per cent each year between 2005 and 2015, and is expected to rise a further 7 per cent over the next 20 years, according to Australian research.
When you take into account current cancer incidence rate trends and population growth, the annual number of children diagnosed with cancer in Australia is expected to grow 40 per cent over the next 20 years.
The rise follows a period of stability in childhood cancer incidence dating back to 1996. The researchers say the reasons for these increases are unclear, but diagnostic improvements and changes in reporting may be contributing factors.
More than 1000 Victorian cancer patients are set to benefit from real-time genomic testing in the next three years, aiming to improve diagnosis and provide more targeted and effective treatments for cancers of unmet need.
The $6 million Cancer of Unmet Need Initiative is the first project of a partnership announced in 2019 by University of Melbourne and Illumina, one of the world’s leading biotech companies.
The initiative is targeting the most challenging to treat cancer cases including rare or aggressive tumours; those resistant to standard therapies; or those that are traditionally difficult to diagnose.
Scientists around the world have collaborated to create the most comprehensive map of whole cancer genomes to date, improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and how to treat it.
To grow and spread, cancer cells take a number of genetic steps to overcome the normal cell controls that allow them to enhance their growth rate, move into nearby tissues and evade our immune system.
Researchers have submitted human tumour samples from all over the world, piecing together their genetic information into the recently published Global Cancer Atlas.
New research says lung cancer screening saves lives and catches cancer earlier than it would otherwise be found.
It's a cancer that's linked to stigma, equity and poor prognosis.
But does a screening program come with risks of overdiagnosis and would it be cost-effective?
Today is World Cancer Day.
Today, 96 Victorians will receive a new diagnosis of cancer – one every 15 minutes.
Also today, 30 Victorians will die from cancer.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is urging all Victorians to support World Cancer Day, a global initiative which aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and encouraging governments and organisations around the world to take action against the disease.
Over the last six month, Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) has asked more than 600 Victorians, clinicians and researchers, what is needed to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians.
The resulting insights, along with published reports and cancer statistics, has informed the CCV's submission to the Victorian Government as it prepares the next Victorian Cancer Plan, which will be released mid-2020.
A newly discovered type of killer immune cell has raised the prospect of a "universal" cancer therapy, scientists say.
Professor Andrew Sewell, lead author on the study from Cardiff University's School of Medicine, said it was "highly unusual" to find a TCR with such broad cancer specificity and this raised the prospect of "universal" cancer therapy.
He added: "We hope this new TCR may provide us with a different route to target and destroy a wide range of cancers in all individuals. Current TCR-based therapies can only be used in a minority of patients with a minority of cancers.
"Cancer-targeting via MR1-restricted T-cells is an exciting new frontier - it raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment; a single type of T-cell that could be capable of destroying many different types of cancers across the population. Previously nobody believed this could be possible."
Melbourne researchers have determined the molecular basis for how an important component of the immune system, called gamma-delta T cells, detects infections and cancers.
Published today in Science, the research team from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and CSL Limited say this breakthrough of discovering how gamma-delta T cells become activated addresses a question that has baffled scientists for 25 years.
The healthcare industry is Australia’s largest and fastest growing according to the 2019 Australian Jobs report, and is predicted to grow almost 15 per cent in the next five years. As the sector expands, it’s never been more important to work with the pioneers of the industry.
The University of Melbourne’s partnership courses give students direct access to some of healthcare’s brightest minds at world-leading organisations such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance.
Experts from these research and clinical institutions have worked with University of Melbourne academics to write a program that provides students with the most up-to-date and useful information possible.
World’s most up-to-date cancer statistics released.
More children are dying from brain cancer than leukaemia, despite leukaemia diagnoses being double that of brain cancer, a new report on the latest cancer trends by Cancer Council Victoria has revealed.
The data were published today by the Victorian Cancer Registry as part of its publication, Cancer in Victoria: Statistics and Trends 2018, which contains the world’s most up-to-date cancer incidence and mortality information.
Victorian Cancer Registry Director, Professor Sue Evans said the report showed that cancer incidence is set to increase in the coming years.
Team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research awarded Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Science.
Four members of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research are recipients of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation at this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science announced 16 October in Canberra.
Associate Professor Peter Czabotar, Professor David Huang, Professor Guillaume Lessene and Professor Andrew Roberts, Chair of the VCCC Cancer Research Advisory Committee were recognised for their role in the development of venetoclax.
Queensland researchers are hailing a world-first "cure" for cervical cancer, having killed off tumours in mice using CRISPR gene-editing technology.
"This is the first cure for any cancer using this technology," Nigel McMillan, the lead researcher and the director of infectious disease and immunology at The Menzies Health Institute Queensland, said.
The scientists used CRISPR-Cas9, a technology for changing the sequence of DNA in cells to correct mutations, to successfully target and treat cervical cancer tumours in mice using "stealth" nanoparticles
Australia's premier comprehensive cancer conference on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September 2019, featuring:
Australia has better cancer survival rates than other similar high-income countries, a global study has found.
The study, published in the Lancet Oncology journal by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, reviewed 3.9m cancer cases from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Norway, Ireland, Canada and Denmark and compared the one-year and five-year survival rates for seven types of cancer: bowel, oesophageal, pancreatic, stomach, rectum, lung and ovarian.
If you get a vaccine, immunotherapy for cancer, or maybe treatment for bowel inflammation or even an organ transplant, you'll be benefitting in part from the life-long work of the Australian immunology pioneer, Emeritus Professor Jacques Miller.
Diagnosis delays and the management of ongoing side effects were labelled the main causes of inefficiency
While the majority of survey respondents indicated their needs were sufficiently addressed during their care, there was also room for improvement in relation to support and shared decision-making, integrated multidisciplinary care, and the financial impact of treatment.The global study included responses from 4000 cancer patients and carers across 13 countries. One quarter of the 850 surveyed were from Western Australia, and 89% were women.
The New Yorker by Siddhartha Mukherjee
New "living drugs" - made from a patient's own cells - can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is leading an international trial to investigate whether a CT scan is the best method in detecting early lung cancer.
Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with national and international collaborators, the hospital is performing a large-sample study to determine the best way to use a CT scan for early lung cancer screening.
Effective and open communication is linked with stress reduction, improved pain control, greater understanding of and adherence to treatment, speedier recovery, and better quality of life.
But, the nature of physician-patient relationships means that they are often tied together by difficult news, especially for people living with cancer.
For both the physician and the patient, their interactions regularly involve making complex decisions while dealing with the distress caused by cancer diagnosis and treatment.