The Promotion and Awareness of Cancer Clinical Trials project funded by the Ian Potter Foundation aims to increase awareness and access to clinical trials in Victoria, by improving the accessibility of an online portal known as the Victorian Cancer Trials Link. The website was revised last year following an extensive review with input from patients and health professionals sharing their own experiences. This has improved functionality in providing information on current clinical trials open in Victoria, as well as general cancer clinical trials resources.
We have now launched a suite of short videos that follow the individual experience of four different clinical trial participants. Each video focuses on their cancer experience, in particular, their participation in a cancer clinical trial. These videos can help normalise clinical trial participation for patients and support them in their decision to pursue this treatment option, by looking into the lived experiences of participating in a clinical trial.
The videos are housed the VCTL website as a permanent resource for you to share.
A free one-to-one telephone support program to connect people considering participating in a clinical trial with someone who has previously been through this experience. It provides an opportunity for patients to discuss their concerns about participation and gain a better understanding of what to expect. Trial Connect volunteers are unable to comment on specific trials or outcomes and all conversations are confidential.
Three fact sheets – “What Is Cancer?”, “Coping with Cancer Fatigue” and “Caring for Someone with Cancer” – are now available to download in bilingual versions in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tamil, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
New editions now available: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers. Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer – an online fact sheet (available to download, not otherwise in hard copy)
John Colebatch (1909–2005) was the pioneer of paediatric chemotherapy in Australia. Thanks in part to his work, most children now survive cancer. Read this fascinating account of his life by Tim Colebatch, John’s youngest son and former editor and columnist with The Age.