Cancer Information and Support News for Health Professionals

Tuesday 17 October, 2017

2018 World Cancer Congress Call for sessions - 2018 World Cancer Congress

The Union for International Cancer Control is calling on the expertise of the global cancer and health community to help shape the World Cancer Congress. The three day event with participants from over 150 countries will feature the theme Strengthen, Inspire, Deliver. Seize the opportunity to submit a session proposal by 31 October 2017 or contribute to the patient pavilion.

Book icon Integrating patient referral to information and support in a hospital setting

Clinician referral to cancer information and support services can influence patient uptake and enhance ability to initiate self-care and maintain quality of life. A recent study using a prescription pad style of routine referral to cancer information and support services showed a positive impact on patients’ behaviour to seek support. This demonstrates how Cancer Councils can be used as an adjunct to supportive care provided in the clinical setting.

Cancer Services guide Cancer Council Victoria introduces the Cancer Services guide

Cancer Council Victoria has released a new edition of the Cancer Services guide. This is a functional resource for your patients and families to find the right support throughout their trajectory of care. From diagnosis to life after cancer, the guide can be used as a continuous point of reference when needs change over time.

Speech bubble Family Connect: Talk to someone who has been there before

National Carers Week (15-21 October) acknowledges the unpaid care provided by family and friends. This valuable role can often be isolating when the person is balancing the demands of being a carer with everyday life. Connect your carers with Family Connect to speak to someone who knows what this is like.

publication-caring-for-someone-with-cancer Publication profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer

Family members and friends play an important support role after a cancer diagnosis. It is natural for them to have a range of feelings as the experience can be both challenging and rewarding. Our booklet Caring for Someone with Cancer can help people manage their own needs whilst providing the best care.

Save the date Cancer Education Programs PD and facilitator showcase

Friday 1 December, Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Come along to hear highlights and innovations, participate in a masterclass on delivering interactive group sessions using telehealth or find out more about practical support for legal, financial or work issues.

Registration is required as numbers are limited. Please email or phone Jane Auchettl on 9514 6348.

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Bowel cancer screening test Cancer Council calls on health professionals to help lift screening rates in Victoria

Cancer Council Victoria has launched an ambitious new campaign to lift bowel cancer screening rates in Victoria. We are calling on all health professionals to lend their voice by encouraging their patients to do the test when it arrives at their home as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

RACV Torquay Clinical Consultation Skills Education Retreat

Registrations are now open for the Clinical Consultation Skills Education Retreat. Cancer Council Victoria and Deakin University’s Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare are partnering to deliver this state-of-the-art event at the luxury RACV resort, Torquay, 9-11 October 2017. Accepted internationally as the ‘gold standard’ in communication skills training, this evidence-based program is open to oncology clinicians.

Optimal Care Pathways Research Profile: Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis project

The Optimal Care Pathways have been developed to improve patient outcomes by facilitating consistent, safe, high quality and evidence-based care. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services are leading a state-wide approach for the implementation and adoption of the Optimal Care Pathways into the acute and primary care settings.

Jeanne Potts Behind the scenes with Jeanne Potts, 13 11 20 Nurse

Cancer Council Victoria is currently piloting a model of education and support for General Practices to enhance Optimal Care Pathway recommendations into primary care. This project involves onsite visits facilitated by our 13 11 20 nurses. Hear from Jeanne Potts on her role in the project and benefits to General Practices involved.

PICS eLearning: Survivorship and late complications of childhood and adolescent cancer

The Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service has developed a series of eight eLearning modules for health professionals, covering a range of topics related to survivorship and late complications of childhood cancer. The modules are intended to support health professionals in the community, as survivor’s transition from tertiary services back to their general practitioner or community service.

Invitation. Supportive care Invitation: Participate in Consultation Meetings

The Department of Health and Human Services has commissioned Professor Mei Krishnasamy, Chair in Cancer Nursing, University of Melbourne, to revise and refresh supportive care cancer resources and training materials. Part of the project involves seeking the collective expertise of consumers, clinicians, advocacy groups, integrated cancer services and reform policy makers.

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VCTL Victorian Cancer Trials Link relaunches improved website

Clinical trials are a gold standard treatment option, yet many people find the decision to participate a challenging one. Of those newly diagnosed with cancer in Victoria, only 6% are recruited into clinical trials. To increase patient access to and information about clinical trials, Cancer Council Victoria has recently improved the Victorian Cancer Trials Link website.

Trial Connect Introducing Trial Connect: A peer support program

To assist people in their decision making around clinical trial participation, Cancer Information and Support Service is introducing a new pilot program, Trial Connect. Based on the successful Cancer Connect model, Trial Connect provides patients the opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer who ‘has been there before’.

Report Moderate drinking increases risk of breast cancer recurrence

Drinking as little as six grams of alcohol a day – less than one standard drink – has been shown to be associated with a modest increase in risk for women who have had breast cancer, particularly post-menopausal women. These findings from a recent systematic review are the first step in a larger body of work aiming to improve health messaging for people affected by cancer.

Katherine Lane award Exploring palliative care enquiries to 13 11 20

Cancer Council Victoria’s Information and Support line is staffed by experienced oncology nurses who are there to help with any questions about cancer. Around 10% of these calls relate to palliative care, prognosis, recurrence and death and dying, topics that are often difficult to deal with amongst family and friends.

Telehealth Telehealth for Supportive Survivorship Cancer Care program

The time after active cancer treatment can be challenging for cancer survivors and carers. A new telehealth project will provide access to a comprehensive survivorship assessment, education, exercise and wellness program for rural and regional cancer survivors and carers in the Grampians and Hume regions.

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Healthy Living after Cancer Health Living after Cancer boosts health

Benefits to diet and physical health have been observed in a study of over 100 cancer survivors participating in our free phone-based Healthy Living after Cancer program. Participant behaviour changed to include an increase in physical activity along with intake of fruits and vegetables, an average decrease in BMI and better quality of life.

Research profile Research Profile: What are ‘nutrition’ related calls really about?

A qualitative study exploring nutrition-related calls to our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support line suggests there are more to these calls than simple requests about diet and nutrition. Callers often had pressing unmet informational, practical and emotional needs that warranted prioritising above advice on diet and nutrition related queries.

Living with Cancer Education Program Training and support roles for health professionals

The Living with Cancer Education Program helps people make sense of cancer in a safe and informal environment. In 2016, over 580 people attended programs facilitated by local health professionals and gained the opportunity to connect with others in similar circumstances. Two-day training for new facilitators is being held on 1-2 June 2017.

Cancer Council Victoria's free wig service Regional Wig Service gives people throughout Victoria confidence

Our free Wig Service has recently expanded to offer a postal service, extending its reach to people in regional areas of Victoria undergoing cancer treatment. The service is now available to eligible patients living over 50km outside Melbourne who are unable to travel to the Wig Service for a fitting.

Rochelle Serry, Cancer Connect volunteer Thank you to our volunteers

National volunteer Week (8–14 May) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Rochelle Serry is one of our trained volunteers with the phone-based peer support program Cancer Connect and we thank her for her time and enthusiasm. Read more about why she continues to be involved with the program.

Dividor February 2017

New Medical Decision Making Laws New medical decision making laws webinar

The new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 makes some significant changes to advance care planning and medical treatment decision making for Victorians. On Tuesday 28 February, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and Cancer Council Victoria are hosting a free webinar for health professionals outlining key changes and what this means for clinicians in practice.

Cancer Information and Support Service How we helped in 2016

World Cancer Day on 4 February was a time to reflect how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. The Cancer Information and Support Service team work together with partners across Victoria to help support those affected by cancer

Research profile Research Profile: Self-guided interventions for psychological distress

Self-guided interventions may hold promise in allowing patients to engage with support or education as they need. A recent systematic review exploring the evidence for effective interventions such as workbooks, resource packs or online information identifies potentially efficient ways in managing psychological distress in people with cancer.

Wellness and Life After Cancer program Facilitator training for Health Professionals

The Wellness and Life After Cancer program assists those who have finished active treatment to make the change from clinical management to supported self management. New facilitator training will be held on 30 and 31 March 2017 at Cancer Council Victoria for health professionals interested in running the program in their local health service.

Dry July 2016 Thank you Dry July

Thank you to all Dry July participants who took the challenge in 2016 to give up alcohol for one month. It was a grand fundraising effort, and as a result, Cancer Council Victoria can embark on three projects which aim to provide support to reduce the burden of cancer.

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Teaching Communication in Healthcare Conference and Education Program Teaching Communication in Healthcare Conference and Education Program

Cancer Council Victoria recently hosted the Teaching Communication in Healthcare Conference and Education Program. Over 120 delegates interested in communication in healthcare came together for the first time in Australia to formalise a network and identify priority areas for collaboration.

Website parking information audit health organisations Website parking information audit

Parking has been recognised as an ongoing problem for many people when undergoing cancer treatment. We recently conducted an audit on website information provided by 21 health organisations with fee-paying parking. Interestingly, all offered online content about parking and public transport, but only 24% of hospitals provided adequate information about availability, concessions and costs.

Research profile: Impact of cancer information and support Research profile: Impact of cancer information and support

Two recent publications explore the experience and impact of people utilising cancer information and support via telephone or by accessing webinars online. The positioning of information alongside cancer treatment services has been evaluated to aid fuller integration of supportive care that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet Publication profile: Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet

Thinking about additional practical tips to help your patients and their families get through the holiday season? Our new Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet provides useful suggestions to assist people affected by cancer so they can make the most of this time of year.

Dr Anna Boltong thanks volunteers and supporters Thank you

Thank you to our partners across all regions in Victoria who help us support patients and reduce the burden for people affected by cancer. In working together to deliver high-quality supportive care programs, this year has seen improved engagement from patients, families and friends with support services. We look forward to continuing these partnerships in 2017 and wish you all the best for the holiday season. Dr Anna Boltong, Head of Cancer Information and Support Service

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Looking after someone with cancer Showing carers how much they count

Many Australians are looking after someone with cancer when there are thousands of new cases diagnosed each year. National Carers Week celebrates this achievement during 16–22 October and we are hosting a special free webinar on Tuesday 18 October about ways family and friends can manage their own wellbeing, while supporting someone with cancer.

Communication in Healthcare Conference Teaching Communication in Healthcare Conference and Education Program 6-9 December 2016

Register now for a networking platform to explore best practice for healthcare communication. This event is a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, the European Association of Communication in Healthcare and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Alcohol consumption and breast cancer recurrence – latest research Alcohol consumption and breast cancer recurrence – latest research

The association between alcohol intake and breast cancer recurrence or development of second primary breast cancer in the survivor population is unclear. A recent systematic review “To what extent is alcohol consumption associated with breast cancer recurrence and second primary breast cancer?” reveals some evidence of increased risk of recurrence and new breast cancer, particularly in postmenopausal women.

Publication profile: Caring for someone with cancer Publication profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer

Family members and friends play an important support role after a cancer diagnosis. It’s natural to experience a range of feelings and the experience of supporting someone during their illness can be both challenging and rewarding. Our booklet 'Caring for Someone with Cancer' can help family members and friends manage their own needs whilst providing the best care to the person with cancer.

Forgotten Cancers Project Thank you for taking part in our Forgotten Cancers Project

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Forgotten Cancers Project – either as a participant, or by spreading the word. With your help we are a step closer to better understanding why people develop less common cancers such as kidney, bone and stomach, and improve their prevention and treatment in the future.

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Healthy Living after Cancer Healthy living after cancer: motivating people after treatment

Cancer survivor Linnet knew she wanted to improve her lifestyle after treatment yet was finding it difficult to do it on her own. Hear how our free Healthy Living after Cancer program motivated her to make simple adjustments to her lifestyle from her home in regional Victoria.

Advanced cancer collection Publication profile: On the Road to Recovery

Arabic, Italian and Vietnamese cancer survivors and their carers can now access cancer information in their own language with the launch of "On the Road to Recovery". These free bilingual resources were created in consultation with the individual communities to cover key information for when treatment finishes.

Wellness and Life after Cancer facilitator training Wellness and Life after Cancer facilitator training

The Wellness and Life after Cancer program provides quality information to individuals transitioning from clinical care to recovery and survivorship. It reflects different learning opportunities and environments focusing on strategies to self-manage and adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. This program is facilitated by health professionals and our next facilitators training is on 24-25 August.

Katherine Lane presenting Cancer Nurses Society of Australia Awards

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia Annual Congress was held in May and Cancer Council Victoria was proud to support two travel grants for Melbourne-based Breast Care Nurses. Lauren Keller and Fumie Hattori were presented their awards by Katherine Lane, 13 11 20 Nurse Manager at Cancer Information and Support Service.

Holiday Break for cancer patients Help cancer patients take a break

A diagnosis of cancer often brings emotional and financial strain for patients and their families. It’s a time when a holiday is needed most, yet it can be the hardest time to afford a break away. Our Holiday Break Program can help and right now, we need more property donations to meet demand.

Daffodil Day turns 30 Daffodil Day turns 30!

Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s most well-known and longest running charity events, raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary on Friday August 26. Thanks to the support of the Victorian community and working together with health professionals, the past three decades has seen significant advancements in our understanding of cancer, early detection and treatment, and support available for people affected by cancer.

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Victorian Cancer Trials Link Clinical trial smartphone app

International Clinical Trials Day was celebrated on May 20 and provided an opportunity for organisations, health professionals, and the public to acknowledge how clinical research can change treatment practice. Cancer clinicians can access the latest information on clinical trials underway with the Victorian Cancer Trials Link smartphone app.

Pro bono workplace advisory service Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis

Returning to work after a cancer diagnosis can raise many questions for your patients. There may be concerns about whether to tell the employer, or alternatively, assistance is required to transition back into the workplace following treatment. The pro bono workplace advisory service offered by Cancer Council can help people who cannot afford to pay for advice.

Visual Instructional Videos How do I do that again?

Dealing with cancer can be stressful and it can become hard for patients and carers to remember all the information given by different specialists. Visual instructional videos are now available to help with nutrition and speech pathology needs such as managing feeding tubes, swallowing difficulties and laryngectomees.

Advanced cancer collection Publication profile: Advanced Cancer collection

It may be confronting for people with cancer when treatment is no longer working, as well as being an emotional time for the patient and family. Our collection of booklets outlines what can happen emotionally and physically during this time and provides information about practical support and how to access services.

Professor Melanie Wakefield Plain packaging push for World No Tobacco Day

The World Health Organisation and partners marked World No Tobacco Day on May 31 to draw attention to the toll of death and disease caused by smoking. WHO recognize individuals in tobacco control and this year Professor Melanie Wakefield from Cancer Council Victoria has been awarded the WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Certificate.

Updated: 17 Oct, 2017