Cancer conference draws delegates

North Coast Cancer Institute director Tom Shakespeare.
North Coast Cancer Institute director Tom Shakespeare.

ONCOLOGY staff from throughout the North Coast will gather at Aanuka Beach Resort on Saturday for the 2011 North Coast Cancer Conference.

This annual event, which rotates across North Coast sites, this year has attracted more than 140 delegates to listen to speakers from Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie as well as invited speakers from Sydney and Melbourne.

The conference agenda includes sessions on prostate cancer, palliative care and the gastro-intestinal tract, and sexuality.

The conference brings together physicians, surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals and aims to forge links between staff working in various base hospitals as well as improving cancer management in the rapidly growing North Coast region.

Sessions on prostate cancer will be chaired by the director of the North Coast Cancer Institute, Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare.

Topics will include surgery for high-risk prostate cancer, radiotherapy post prostatectomy and hormone therapy toxicity.

Palliative care sessions will be chaired by Dr Rahim Tahir, which will include case discussions, while the GIT and sexuality sessions will be chaired by Dr Andrew Kneebone.

Other speakers will include Dr Sultan Linjawi, Dr Karen Briscoe, Dr Andrew Last, Claire Blake and Kathryn Nattress.

Topics will include sexuality after cancer diagnosis and treatment, challenges for the dietician in GI cancer treatment, and advances in anal cancer therapy.

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