2017 Cancer Update Series

Eradicating cervical cancer? Let's start with the new cervical screening test.

Public lecture as part of Cancer Council WA's Cancer Update series, presented in November 2017 by Professor Ian Hammond from the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program (Australian Department of Health) titled "Eradicating cervical cancer? Let's start with the new cervical cancer screening test."


Medical cannabis for cancer care: current research in Australia

Presentation by Assoc Prof Peter GrimisonPeter Grimison is currently Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney; Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred and Dubbo Base Hospitals; and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. 

Peter's talk covers the history of medical cannabis, why research and trials for medical cannabis are important, what we know about medicinal cannabis for cancer care and current and planned research about medical cannabis in Australia.

Listen to Associate Professor Peter Grimison speak with Gareth Parker from the Morning Program on 6PR here.


Improving cancer care through clinical trials: A spotlight on pancreatic, oesophageal and stomach cancers

Presentation by Professor Eva Segelov, Director of Oncology at Monash Health and Professor of Oncology in the Department of Medicine, Monash University. As well as serving as a Board member of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG) and Convenor of the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting, Professor Segelov is the Gastrointestinal Chair for the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA).  She is also the co-Track Chair for GI Cancer at the ESMO Asia annual conference and the Co-Founder of The Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Collaboration (CommNETS), an international research organisation between Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Liver cancer: One of Australia’s fastest growing cancer threats

Presentation by Professor George Yeoh, Chair of CCWA Board and President of CCWA, is an outstanding, internationally respected liver cancer researcher.

Liver cancer is the fastest growing cancer threat in Australia, since 1984 incidence and mortality rates have doubled in Australian men and women.  While liver cancer is not common, its rate of increase in new cases and deaths means it could be in the top five cancers in Australia over the coming years. Liver cancer is a highly preventable cancer with smoking, alcohol, overweight and obesity, long-term infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C all linked to liver cancer development.  There is much work to be done to improve testing and treatment for hepatitis B to reduce the burden of liver cancer.

Professor Yeoh is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Molecular Sciences and Emeritus Professor in the School of Medicine & Pharmacology at the University of WA where he has been a teacher and researcher for more than 40 years.  He undertakes research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in the laboratory for Liver Disease and Carcinogenesis. He has had a long term interest in liver development and cancer.  He was Chair of our Research Grants Committee for 8 years and a Board member of the Institute for Respiratory Health, Deputy Director of the UWA Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine and a member of the NHMRC Translational Research Faculty. He is a Board member of Cancer Council Australia and sits on the Advisory Council of Cancer Australia.


Talking about dying is a normal part of life

Presented by Dr Peter Allcroft, MBBS (Flinders), FRACP, Respiratory and Sleep Physician.

Dr Allcroft is a Senior Staff Specialist at Daw Park Repatriation Hospital in the Palliative Care Service, and a Lecturer in the School of Medicine Flinders University.  His research interests include symptom management in complex life limiting illness, and he is a Co-Investigator in a number of Palliative Care Collaborative Studies Consortium, the largest palliative care research group internationally. He represents the consortium on the Council of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.  His published work includes the role of opioids in the management of dyspnoea, academic detailing and breathlessness in Motor Neurone Disease.

This talk was presented on Tuesday 23 may 2017, the video below runs for about 1 hour.


A Cancer Agenda for the 2017 WA State Election

Professor Bruce Armstrong presents the first Cancer Council Update lecture for 2017 with data and information about why cancer is so important and why the recommendations of Cancer Council WA to all political parties in the lead up to the 2017 State elections would make such a difference to cancer outcomes.

Find out more about our election priorities or unite with us in urging the Government to bring the defeat of cancer closer at www.unitedagainstcancer.com.au Together, our collective voice can make a real difference.

This lecture was presented on 6 February 2017 and the video below runs for approx 1 hour.