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30 Mar 2021
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VCCC Head and Neck Cancer Symposium 2021

Intimacy and sexual health

Hear from a multidisciplinary panel of experts who will discuss the collective impact of a head and neck cancer (HNC) diagnosis and how it may affect a patient's sense of self whilst addressing their sexual health post survivorship.

The increasing incidence of human papillomavirus-associated (HPV) oropharyngeal cancers has seen some patients report on the challenges in the resumption of sexual activity and intimacy following treatment, with feelings of guilt, resentment, or blame common among patients, and within their intimate relationships.

Hosted by Professor David Wiesenfeld (VCCC Research & Education Lead for Head and Neck Cancer) and Dr Lachlan McDowell (Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), this symposium will provide a better understanding of the importance of sexual health to survivors and address common HPV-related concerns in the clinic, whilst mapping the referral pathways currently available for sexual dysfunction treatment.

Convened by:

Professor David Wiesenfeld
VCCC Research & Education Lead (HNC), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Peter MacCallum cancer Centre

Dr Lachlan McDowell
Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Presentations from:

Dr Rachael Dodd
Scientist investigating the psychosocial impacts of cancer diagnoses, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Julia Brotherton
Medical Director, National HPV Vaccination Program Register, VCS Population Health, VCS Foundation

Dr Maria Ftanou
Head of the Clinical Psychology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Nadia Rosin
CEO, Head and Neck Cancer Australia

Panel discussion:

Presenters will be joined by

Professor Jane Hocking
Epidemiologist, University of Melbourne

Julie McCrossin AM
Consumer representative

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Tuesday 30 March 2021

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