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 …

BRCA carriers have same chances of surviving breast cancer as those without the mutations

On Tuesday, 30-year-old Jessica Braude will undergo a bilateral mastectomy.

It’s been a little over a year since she was told she carried one of the high risk breast cancer gene mutation BRCA2 , over six months since she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and a few weeks since she finished the last of a gruelling 16 weeks of chemotherapy.

Jessica Braude, 30, is a BRCA2 carrier and will undergo a bilateral mastectomy after her initial treatment for triple ...Jessica Braude, 30, is a BRCA2 carrier …

Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn’t interested!

This year five countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, will join 26 nations who have raised the price of sugary drinks in the hope of a healthier population.

Meanwhile, Australia – one of the fattest countries in the world – is defiantly refusing to consider a so-called “sugar tax”.

The Australian sugar and beverage industries have been working hard to keep the so-called “sugar tax” off the policy table of both major political parties. “Zero chance,” the Turnbull government has said.

Obesity is an international conundrum, sparking fierce policy brawls as the beverage industry attempts to slap down health …

New website promises to be one-stop shop for cancer patients

Patients now have access to an interactive one-stop shop website for cancer information, with data on survival rates, screening and treatment.
Cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen Zorbas said the new National Cancer Control Indicators (NCCI) website was a unique, national resource bringing reliable national data together for the first time.

“It helps illuminate the cancer landscape. The data on the website will enhance our understanding, stimulate enquiry and inform future direction in cancer control — whether that’s in research or policy or clinical care,” Professor Zorbas said.

The NCCI website was designed for policymakers, governments, cancer organisation, researchers and health professionals….

A breakthrough vaccine for breast and gastric cancer is in trials

A VACCINE that treats one of the most common forms of breast cancer is being developed by an Aussie company and one day it could be used to prevent cancer.

The therapy stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer and studies have showed it produced improved survival rates in mice.

The vaccine will help the one in four women whose breast cancer over expresses the HER2 protein as well as HER2 gastric cancer patients.

Over 1 million cases of gastric cancer are diagnosed each year, mostly in Asia, and the five year survival rate is just 30 per cent.

Trials in …

Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

Two new ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs have been approved, giving new hope to women with previously untreatable breast cancer.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given the go-ahead for palbociclib and ribociclib to be used on the NHS in England.

Palbociclib had previously been refused because its cost was judged to be too high in comparison to its effectiveness.

The drugs have been shown to slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 months, delaying the need for chemotherapy. Read more… 

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