The Next Wave
I was a young post-doctoral scientist when I first encountered the work of Doug Hanahan, internationally-renowned cancer biologist and co-author of The Hallmarks of Cancer. Our lab was collaborating with Doug’s lab at a time when cancer biologists were defining the genetic drivers of cancer. Many of us around the globe were energised by the potential of these discoveries which ultimately laid the foundation for a whole range of new cancer treatments to benefit patients. Doug is the director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne.
Dr Helen Heslop, Texas Children's Hospital Houston
The Leukaemia Foundation's State of the Nation recently released report found blood cancer is comparable in incidence and mortality to breast, lung and colorectal cancers. As a result of the research, the Australian Government announced a $150,000 taskforce to improve diagnosis, treatment and the understanding of blood cancers.
The Next Wave: the future of cancer care from Victoria and beyond
This year’s VCCC Research Conference will close with a conversation involving not only researchers, clinicians and educators but also local members of our community whose lives have been touched by cancer. Natasha Mitchell, multi-award winning journalist and presenter of ABC RN's science, technology and culture program and podcast, Science Friction will host the Q&A style event in the Grand Ballroom at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program
Over 100 students, presenters and postdoc judges from VCCC member organisations attended the 2019 Comprehensive Cancer Student Symposium held at Leopard Lodge in Melbourne Zoo last week.
The annual symposium aims to highlight the exciting research of young scientists from the Comprehensive Cancer PhD Program, across many different scientific disciplines, who are aiming to progress their understanding and treatment of cancer together.
Advancing Comprehensive Cancer Care
In November, the VCCC will host the 5th Victorian Psycho-oncology Conference in Melbourne, bringing together the latest developments in psycho-oncology; understanding the psychological, emotional, social, and behavioural impacts of cancer.
Psychological challenges following a cancer diagnosis are at least as profound as the medical challenges, but the majority of financial and health professional resources are directed to the latter.
Master of Cancer Sciences
VCCC is once again providing generous support to develop Victoria’s cancer workforce.
Australia’s first cancer-specific, wholly online program was launched in February this year and aims to provide an innovative, multi-disciplinary option for health professionals wishing to join the cancer workforce or gain leading-edge knowledge in the rapidly changing field.
Upskill with a free VCCC workshop
If you haven’t come to a VCCC professional development workshop, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to keep pace with leading-edge practice.
In most cases workshops are free for VCCC member staff and are designed to enhance your existing knowledge by introducing the latest practice, evidence and ideas in cancer care and research.
Wednesday 18 September at Woodward Centre
In an era of precision medicine, biological markers of cancer, known as biomarkers are set to play an increasing role in management of the disease. From non-invasive tests that directly measure molecules released from tumours, for example using blood samples, to indicators of the activity of the patient’s immune system, the approach to biomarker research is varied. Increasingly, it seems that combinations of various markers may provide a better picture of the nature and staging of the disease.
Host an intern in 2020
Expanding Victoria's clinical trial activity requires an experienced workforce with good foundations.
Clinical Trial Assistants and Study Coordinators are key positions in an efficient clinical trial unit.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre's (VCCC) successful SKILLED internship program will be delivered again in 2020.