It’s not all pink – raising awareness for rare cancers

Most of us are familiar with the pink campaign that has raised awareness of breast and gynaecological cancers, but did you know there are more than 30 coloured ribbons representing cancers that many people have never heard of? Most people in Australia will be affected by cancer at some stage in their lives, either personally … Continue reading It’s not all pink – raising awareness for rare cancers

Is chemotherapy after surgery required?

After bowel cancer surgery, patients will either have adjuvant or palliative surgery, depending on the stage of their cancer. There will also be some cases in which chemotherapy isn’t needed at all. Oncologist Sanjay Mukhedkar from OncologyWest says adjuvant chemotherapy works likes a vaccine to help prevent the cancer from recurring. “Adjuvant chemotherapy is used when the patient’s cancer is curable,” Dr … Continue reading Is chemotherapy after surgery required?

The bowel cancer journey

Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia (1). Eighty per cent of cases have no known hereditary genetic associations. More than 15,000 bowel cancers were diagnosed in Australia in 2012, and in the same year almost 4,000 people died from the disease. Bowel cancer is preceded by polyps, which may … Continue reading The bowel cancer journey

Trialling treatments for better health

Oncologists at the Murdoch Oncology Clinical Trials Unit (MOCTU) are passionate about finding new and better ways to ‘kick cancer’ in our community. Dr Kynan Feeney says research shows that patients who are in clinical trials often fare better than those who are not involved. “Clinical trials give patients access to new types of treatment so that we can see … Continue reading Trialling treatments for better health