A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down. That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down.

That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

The volunteer navigators have been supporting people one-to-one across the region who find themselves alone, or without the support they need, when their world has been turned upside down by a diagnosis.

That includes helping with challenges like paperwork, organising medication to be delivered, organising transport to get to appointments, and co-ordinating and changing appointments.

The CanCare Navigator Program was launched in late 2016 and has now been running for over a year – helping more than 30 people in its first 12 months.

Volunteer navigator Heather …

Mum Credits This Little-Known Trick For Detecting A Cancerous Lump In Her Breast

Jayne Dandy’s life was saved by chance.

The 51-year-old UK woman was scrolling through Facebook when a random post popped up on her timeline. It was a breast check tip that differed from the norm, penned by cancer survivor Hayley Browning and shared by her Weight Watchers coach.

“I’m hoping to share a little trick of mine with as many people as possible,” the post read.

“3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I could only feel the lump whilst lying down and it completely disappeared standing up. Most websites tell you to check for lumps in the shower …

Ovarian cancer patients’ tissue samples to be tested for BRCA gene mutation

Thousands of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be tested to see if they are hidden carriers of the gene that can cause the deadly disease.
The Traceback program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne will test tissue samples of 11,000 women diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 to see if they are carriers of the BRCA gene mutations.

People with BRCA mutations are at an increased risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Professor David Bowtell from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre said at least 1,500 of the women may have unknowingly inherited a BRCA mutation.

“BRCA1 and 2 mutations occur …

Food protein found in asparagus linked to cancer spread

AN amino acid found in a variety of foods including asparagus has been linked to the spread of breast cancer.

A team of international cancer researchers have shown in mice that limiting the consumption of the amino acid called asparagine stopped the spread of triple- negative breast cancer.

Published in medical journal Nature, experts say the study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests diet can influence the course of the disease.

“The study results are extremely suggestive that changes in diet might impact both how an individual responds to primary therapy and their chances of lethal disease spreading later …

UNSW Medicine’s Mei Ling Yap, a radiation oncologist at Liverpool Hospital, is leading a major training program for radiation oncologists, therapists and physicists at Cambodia’s new National Cancer Centre, the first modern facility in the country to be dedicated to cancer care.

UNSW Medicine’s Mei Ling Yap, a radiation oncologist at Liverpool Hospital, is leading a major training program for radiation oncologists, therapists and physicists at Cambodia’s new National Cancer Centre, the first modern facility in the country to be dedicated to cancer care.

Yap, a conjoint senior lecturer and UNSW PhD candidate, is co-chair of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologist’s Asia-Pacific Radiation Oncology Special Interest Group, a team that runs exchange visits, training and education for radiation doctors and staff in low-income countries in our region.

“This is the first centre in Cambodia to use state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment,” says …

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