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Rare cancer patients gain active benefits

17 November 2015

New research unveiled today will shed light for the first time on the benefits of exercise for patients with rare cancers, showing that moderate exercise can have a significant impact on quality of life.

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Cancer survivors with ‘chemo brain’ can improve their game online

17 November 2015

Cancer survivors experiencing problems with their memory and concentration following chemotherapy treatment can help overcome symptoms using simple online brain training exercises, a conference of cancer experts in Hobart will be told today.

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New data shows popular alternative medicines can pose a risk to cancer patients

03 December 2014

Melbourne: The ten most commonly asked about complementary medicines all interact with conventional treatments, potentially posing a threat to patient health and reaffirming the need for complementary or alternative therapies to be discussed between ... more

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2014 Luminous Award Winners Announced

02 December 2014

Jill Margo from The Weekend Financial Review and Karen O’Sullivan from Channel 7 News are the winners of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Luminous Awards for 2014. 

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Lack of follow-up care puts childhood cancer survivors at risk

02 December 2014

Melbourne: A conference of cancer experts will hear today (2/12) that many childhood cancer survivors are missing out on critical follow-up care later in life, with risks including secondary cancers, fertility issues and heart problems. 

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Exercise effective for bone cancer patients

02 December 2014

Melbourne: New research to be presented today (2/12) at a leading cancer conference shows that specially-tailored exercise programs can improve quality of life, strength, fitness and muscle mass of patients with bone cancer, contrary to current recom... more

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Sexual health a key to patient wellbeing

20 November 2013

Innovative framework for gynaecological cancer professionals Adelaide: Health professionals should be better equipped to address the psychosexual needs of gynaecological cancer patients, according to research to be presented at an international canc... more

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Stigma contributes to distress among lung cancer patients

13 November 2013

Adelaide: Stigma associated with lung cancer contributes to increased levels of distress, anxiety and depression, resulting in poorer quality of life for Australians diagnosed with the disease, according to new research presented today (13/11) at a c... more

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Less fatigue for cancer patients not on chemo

13 November 2013

Adelaide: Research being presented to a conference of cancer experts today (13/11) shows cancer patients who don’t have chemotherapy are less than half as likely to experience fatigue as those who do.

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Cancer ‘carers’ more distressed than patients they care for

13 November 2013

Adelaide: Carers of ovarian cancer patients experience high levels of distress and low mental and physical wellbeing, according to research to be presented today (13/11) to a conference of cancer experts.

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'Angelina effect' saving Australian lives

13 November 2013

Adelaide: A scientific conference of cancer experts will hear today (13/11) how referrals to genetic cancer clinics have doubled since Angelina Jolie announced her risk-reducing mastectomy.  

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Prostate cancer patients worry about loss of ‘masculinity’

12 November 2013

Adelaide: New research being presented at a scientific conference of cancer experts today (12/11) shows that men with prostate cancer are less likely to report emotional and psychological effects of impaired sexual function than their wives and partn... more

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Healthcare to devour entire SA budget

12 November 2013

Adelaide: Analysis to be presented at a cancer conference today (12/11) by former Health Minister John Hill, predicts that South Australia’s health system will become unsustainable over the next 20 years unless tough decisions are made.

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Cancer experts gather for COSA Annual Scientific Meeting

12 November 2013

Adelaide: New research being presented at a scientific conference of cancer expertstoday (12/11) shows that men with prostate cancer are less likely to report emotional and psychological effects of impaired sexual function than their wives and partne... more

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Exercise benefits people with cancer

15 November 2012

A South Australian study has shown structured exercise programs for people with cancer not only improve physical functions such as aerobic capacity, strength and flexibility, but also reduce fatigue and improve quality of life.

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Social stigma adds to lung cancer patient ‘distress’

15 November 2012

Patients with lung cancer and their families need psychological support to cope with the range of challenges they face, a scientific conference of cancer experts will be told today

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Obese women lower survival rates for ovarian cancer

14 November 2012

The survival rate for obese women with ovarian cancer is almost 20 per cent worse than for women with a healthy weight, a conference of cancer experts in Brisbane will be told today.

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Pancreatic cancer patients suffering treatable symptoms in silence

14 November 2012

Many patients with pancreatic cancer experience severe digestive problems that significantly impact their quality of life, a conference of cancer experts in Brisbane will be told today.

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Indigenous Australians missing out on genetic services

14 November 2012

There is a misconception in the medical community that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not interested in genetic services, according to research to be presented to the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeti... more

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Combined melanoma treatment may be model for treating other cancers

14 November 2012

Two types of treatment for cancer are being trialed together for the first time on patients with melanoma, a scientific conference of cancer experts will be told today

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Patient access to new cancer drugs at risk

14 November 2012

New research shows the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is facing enormous cost pressures from an increasing number of expensive cancer drugs, many of which only marginally increase median survival.

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Radiation therapy uptake falling way below gold standard

13 November 2012

Over half of cancer patients would benefit from radiation therapy at some point in the course of their disease, however research due to be presented today (13/11) at a conference of cancer experts shows only 29% of patients are receiving the treatmen... more

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Patients missing out on benefits of complementary therapies due to doctors’ lack of knowledge

13 November 2012

Patients are being denied complementary therapies that may improve their quality of life due to a lack of knowledge by health professionals, a conference of cancer experts will be told today

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New hope in hunt for ‘unknown’ cancers

13 November 2012

Australian researchers have developed a test that can identify the primary source of cancer in patients with Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP), hoped to improve treatment outcomes for the nearly 2800 Australians diagnosed each year.

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Breast cancer diagnosed too late in rural and disadvantaged areas

13 November 2012

Where you live has a significant impact on your chance of surviving breast cancer and colorectal cancer, a scientific conference will be told today

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Sexual dysfunction in women high after breast cancer

17 November 2011

A study of women after breast surgery indicates that high numbers suffer from sexual dysfunction, a conference of cancer experts in Perth was told today

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Carers of people with thoracic cancer need help

17 November 2011

A study of caregivers and family members of people with thoracic cancer found that they encounter difficulties on many fronts, from communication with healthcare professionals to access to services, a conference of cancer experts in Perth was told to... more

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Thalidomide fails to help patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma

17 November 2011

A Dutch-Australian collaborative study has found thalidomide does not slowprogression nor improve survival in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a scientific conference of cancer experts in Perth will be told today

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Genomic discovery outpacing Australia’s ‘outmoded’ health system

17 November 2011

Australia’s ability to exploit new knowledge in genomics is under threat because of anoutmoded health system that can’t keep pace with the rate of genomic discovery, a conference of cancer experts will be told today

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Fears about safety in pregnant women of commonly used chemotherapy agent, carboplatin abated: new research from US

17 November 2011

World first research announced in Australia yesterday (Wed) shows that the most common form of chemotherapy is safe for use in pregnant women with cancer, putting to rest decades of conjecture and likely to result in changes to treatment guidelines.

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Informed choice less effective in getting people to do bowel cancer test

16 November 2011

A decision aid designed to help adults with low literacy and education make informed decisions about bowel cancer screening actually deters them from completing tests.

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New prostate cancer treatments extend survival, but result in worse quality of life

16 November 2011

A new Australian study has found that men with advanced prostate cancer, who are surviving longer by being treated with a combination of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), are reporting poorer health related qua... more

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Caring for people with lung cancer: new ‘search filters’ resource released

16 November 2011

A set of lung cancer ‘search filters’ to assist health professionals care for lung cancer patients in both the active and palliative treatment phases was announced today (16/11) at the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeti... more

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1 in 5 men aged 75+ screened for prostate cancer

16 November 2011

1 in 5 Australian men aged 75 to 84 are being tested each year for prostate cancer, despite international guidelines that recommend against testing in this age bracket.

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2011 Luminous Award Winners Announced

15 November 2011

Mens Health feature writer Daniel Williams and Seven News health reporter Karen O'Sullivan have been awarded first prizes in the 2011 Luminous Awards. 

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Climate change adds urgency to asbestos removal

15 November 2011

Australia may no longer be able to consider ‘bonded asbestos’ safe due to theincrease in natural disasters causing asbestos fibres to be released, a scientific conference of cancer experts in Perth will be told today

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Cancer symptoms and distress more severe for patients from CALD communities

15 November 2011

Cancer is more distressing and frightening for immigrants, a scientific conference of cancer experts in Perth will be told today

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Up to 97% of men impotent after some prostate cancer treatments

11 November 2010

Impotence after prostate cancer treatment can be as high as 97 per cent for some treatments a national research conference will be told today

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Prophylactic mastectomy not the only option for young women at hereditary cancer risk

11 November 2010

Young women at hereditary risk of breast cancer may be making hasty choices about treatment, without fully considering their options, according to a visiting US expert.

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Herceptin patients out of pocket for heart monitoring

10 November 2010

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) will release research today (10/11) showing hundreds of women with breast cancer are unnecessarily paying hundreds of dollars extra for life saving treatment.

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Ovarian cancer drug shows promise with move to phase 3 trial

10 November 2010

A new drug designed to arrest cancer cell growth by inhibiting blood vessel formation in ovarian cancer patients is being readied for a phase 3 trial in Australia, Canada and Europe.

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2010 Luminous Awards Media Release

09 November 2010

Suzanne Smith from the ABC Lateline Program took out the broadcast category of the Luminous Award Australia 2010 for her story on Gene Patenting in this country while Jemma Chapman from Channel 10 Adelaide received two highly commended awards for her... more

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Depression associated with reduced cancer survival

09 November 2010

New Australian research has found that psychological factors may have a significant impact on the survival of people with cancer.

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Complementary therapies improve lives of people living with cancer

09 November 2010

A new study shows simple therapies, such as massage, boost the quality of life and reduce distress symptoms in cancer patients.

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Physical activity link to breast cancer recovery

09 November 2010

Physical activity in breast cancer survivors has been found to be important in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence and improving quality of life, according to new research to be released today

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One in four cancer patients has anxiety disorder

09 November 2010

Significant numbers of cancer patients experiencing anxiety post diagnosis are seeing their condition escalate to a clinical disorder because they are not being picked up early enough and referred for treatment

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US gene patent ruling sends message to Australian policy makers, say Cancer Council, COSA

30 March 2010

A US court ruling that patents should never have been granted for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer reinforces Cancer Council Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia’s (COSA’s) call for gene pa... more

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Cancer Council, COSA applaud principles of Rudd health reform agenda

03 March 2010

The Rudd Government should be commended for addressing the inefficiencies of Australia’s fragmented health system, Cancer Council Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia said today. However, remote patient travel assistance remain... more

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Cancer Council, COSA applaud US Government recommendations on gene patent policy

19 February 2010

US Government recommendations aimed at protecting the public from commercial exploitation of gene patents send a timely message to Australian policy makers, Cancer Council Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) said today.

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New research leads way for fast tracking lung cancer diagnosis

13 November 2017

A new initiative is successfully encouraging those at higher risk of lung cancer to act sooner when symptoms appear. Experts will today tell a leading cancer conference in Sydney about the innovation that could help improve survival rates for Austral... more

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Exercise prescription for people with cancer

14 November 2017

Experts presenting at a cancer conference today will shed new light on the benefits of exercise for those who have been diagnosed with cancer – with a new study showing that it’s actually the patients who feel the most unwell who gain the biggest ben... more

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How cancer survivors can conquer their fears

16 November 2016

New research to be presented at a cancer conference today shows that a new and innovative model of psychological support can help cancer survivors conquer one of the most common issues experienced after treatment – ‘fear of recurrence’. 

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A Man’s Pink: Men speak up about male breast cancer

16 November 2016

Male breast cancer needs more awareness and specialised care, according to cancer experts and survivors presenting at a leading cancer conference on the Gold Coast today. Experts speaking at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s (COSA) Annual... more

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Exercise: a new medicine for cancer survivors

15 November 2016

New research to be presented at a cancer conference on the Gold Coast today (15 November) shows that high intensity exercise helps cancer survivors overcome fatigue. The new finding contradicts previous medical advice that primarily focused on rest o... more

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Researchers study impacts of breast cancer on pregnant women

18 November 2015

Babies born to women diagnosed with breast cancer have high rates of premature birth but excellent survival rates, according to new research presented today (18/11) at a national meeting of cancer experts in Hobart.

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One in three cancer patients financially stretched by cost of treatment

18 November 2015

One in three cancer patients experiences a significant financial burden due to the cost of cancer medication, according to new research being presented at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting today (18/11) in Hobart.

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UK expert calls on Australian specialists to change treatment for small tumours

18 November 2015

Visiting UK expert, Professor Andreas Adam, will argue that many Australian cancer patients could benefit from a change in the way that small tumours are treated when he presents at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeti... more

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New research highlights gaps for young adults with bone cancer

18 November 2015

Delays in diagnosis, variations in treatment and lack of participation in clinical trials may all contribute to poorer outcomes for young Australians with bone cancer.

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