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Cancer stories that are directly relevant to your practice, or are just really interesting.
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Cancer stories that are directly relevant to your practice, or are just really interesting.
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    Older patients with cancer – experts chat about this important speciality crossover

    Older patients with cancer – experts chat about this important speciality crossover

    Older adults account for the majority of people living with and surviving cancer. What’s draws people to work in this space, and what issues do they deal with? 
    This episode of The Oncology Republic Podcast explores how the field of geriatric oncology has grown in Australia, and some of the challenges it faces. 
    Dr Paul Viray, a consultant geriatrician and medical oncology registrar who works across several sites in Victoria, says the geriatric oncology community in Australia has grown because of increased awareness about managing older patients in a more holistic fashion. 
    “If you spend a bit more time in the holistic care of the older adult, it’s so rewarding. And I think a lot of people want to do that more and more.” 
    Dr Michael Krasovitsky, chair of the Geriatric Oncology Multidisciplinary Service at St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, feels our nation’s “abysmal” funding model for geriatric oncology means we become reliant on having an engaged and inclusive community.  
    “Navigating the funding arrangements are extremely difficult, and ultimately to the detriment of patients. You need to come up with some sort of fake model of care that works in your specific hospital situation, which requires local champions often begging administrators to provide funding. 
    “We now have our geriatric oncology emerging experts and researchers group, [which is] a really sizeable group of people who are engaged in researching and collaborating with overseas clinicians. That’s been really invaluable.” 

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    • 14 min
    Rare cancers get a new, genomic pathway

    Rare cancers get a new, genomic pathway

    If Caitlin Delaney hadn’t pushed for genomic testing and off-label therapies, she might not have been around to share her insights on The Medical Podcast this week. 
    As a health professional she also had the benefit of health literacy and a personal assertiveness that may have well also helped her be at her daughter’s 10th birthday. 
    “There were lots of ‘sliding door’ moments.  If I hadn't asked a certain question or pushed for a different answer or gotten a second or third opinion, then the outcome would be very different,” she says. 
    The epicentre of Ms Delaney’s survival is genetic testing. She says it’s critical because it opens the doorway to emerging new treatments, personalized medicine and clinical trials. 
    “These are critical for all cancer patients, but especially for rare cancer patients whose treatment options may be limited,” Ms Delaney said 
    Ms Delaney was diagnosed with stage 4 clear cell ovarian cancer nearly seven years ago. She is enthusiastic about PROSPECT a new cancer treatment pathway that provides genomic testing to Australians with rare or incurable cancers, and then provides access to any clinical trials and off-label therapies that might make a difference. 
    PROSPECT cancer screening program is a clever collaboration between University of New South Wales, NSW government and a whole range of players in the Australian medical research sector.  
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    Professor David Thomas leads Omico, the not-for-profit which runs PROSPECT’s cancer screening program. He is optimistic about PROSPECT bringing a bit more equity to cancer treatment for those with rare cancers who often miss out on trials or are and also for remote patients. 
    “Regional and rural Australia is very important to us and we're specifically trying to promote the program and work with our clinical colleagues in regional cancer centers.  
    “That specifically applies also to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients. Rural and regional patients, as well as Indigenous cancer patients, have demonstrably worse outcomes. We don't want them to be left behind,” he says. 
    For the 150 people diagnosed each day with a rare cancer, it’s a new pathway that can make the difference and not just in the future. Professor Thomas says the program is not a philanthropic exercise with no connection with patient interests. 
    “The pace of research progress is so great that it's now creating options for patients in real time rather than for some future benefit.  
    “I would encourage us to think about research as just another part of the way of our armamentarium when we try to treat diseases like cancer,” he says. 

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    • 17 min
    Safeguards for GPs helping patients end their life

    Safeguards for GPs helping patients end their life

    By the end of this month, voluntary assisted dying will be a lawful choice for eligible patients across Australia. 
    However, for many doctors, this end-of-life option is surrounded with complexity and conundrums. 
    In a two-part series Oncology Republic podcast explores the legislation, support network and personal experience of doctors engaged in Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). 
    This episode we speak with Casey Haining, research fellow in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, at Queensland University of Technology. She shares the recent changes in legislation.  
    Ms Haining says that a “particularly prominent legal concern” for many doctors is breaching the Commonwealth Criminal Code by talking about voluntary assisted dying through a carriage service. 
    “Because of this Commonwealth law there is a bit of hesitation around talking or conducting aspects of the voluntary dying process via telehealth. It is a grey area in terms of the interpretation and different states have interpreted it quite differently,” she says. 
    Ms Haining encourages doctors to access the Centre for Health Law Research website  that provides jurisdiction specific information and provides an overview on other aspects of end-of-life law. 
    MBS also needs to adapt to the new legislation, Ms Haining said. MBS currently only provides patient rebates for consultations for VAD eligibility. There is no rebate for the actual administration. 
    “VAD is not a quick process and it takes a lot of time for practitioners. Because this is going to be a lawful choice across juridictions the MBS needs to ensure that people who are dedicating themselves and electing to provide this lawful service are compensated adequately,” she said. 

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    • 23 min
    Dignity over data - AI in medical decision making

    Dignity over data - AI in medical decision making

    AI in healthcare is only going to get bigger and new Macquaire University research reveals how to do it better.
    In this super short podcast we hear from Associate Professor Paul Formosa from Macquarie University. He’s been researching how patients respond to AI making their medical decisions compared to how they respond if a human is involved.
    Professor Formosa says that patients see humans as appropriate decision makers and that AI is perceived as dehumanizing even when the decision outcome is identical.
    “There's this dual aspect to people's relationship with data. They want decisions based on data and they don't like it when data is missing. However, they also don't like themselves to be reduced merely to a number,” Professor Formosa says.
    Diagnosis of skin cancers using AI was one of the scenarios in the study. Professor Formasa poses a key question for both technology designers and doctors to ponder.
    “If AI technology is used, is it being used in ways that promote good health care interactions between patients and healthcare providers? Or is it just automatically relied on in a way that interferes with that relationship?” he says.

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    • 6 min
    Disease-free survival: A controversial end point?

    Disease-free survival: A controversial end point?

    The pros and cons of using proxy measures in clinical trials.

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    • 24 min
    Cardio-Oncology: Ignore at your own peril

    Cardio-Oncology: Ignore at your own peril

    Many patients who survive cancer go on to face a different battle and that’s with their cardiovascular health. This episode, we interview Dr Daniel Cehic, a cardiologist and the head of CardioOncology at GenesisCare, on the latest recommendations.

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    • 20 min

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