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New Clinic for Brain Metastases Patients

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Brain metastasis refers to cancer which begins elsewhere in the body and then spreads to the brain. Disease may develop at a single site (metastasis) or multiple sites (metastases). Lung, melanoma, breast, colon, and kidney are the most common cancers associated with brain metastases.

Until recently, the treatment options available for patients diagnosed with ‘brain mets’ were very limited, resulting in rapidly deteriorating quality of life and poor survival outcomes. Fortunately, the outlook for brain metastases patients is improving, with the development of a variety of effective Surgical and Radiation Oncology treatment options.

As a result, patients with brain metastases will often benefit significantly from specialised multidisciplinary care, tailored to anticipate and combat the various and unique challenges associated with their condition, as it evolves over time.
The Brain Metastases Clinic at Macquarie University Hospital in the North Ryde area of Sydney caters specifically for these patients. The clinic team consisting of Radiation Oncologist, Neurosurgeon, Neuro-Radiologist, and Rehabilitation Physician work together to assess, examine, and evaluate referred patients. Their aim is to provide each patient with a personalised, holistic and co-ordinated management plan in keeping with the patient’s goals of care.

Management recommendations may include some or all of the following disciplines:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation Therapy including Stereotactic Radiosurgery or Gamma Knife Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Supportive Care
  • Palliative Care

Specialised management planning, such as is provided by the MUH Brain Metastases Clinic, will help brain metastases patients maximise their long-term survival and quality of life.

For further information, please contact the MUH Brain Metastases Clinic Co-coordinator, Bianca Karle on 02 9812 3220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Building our resilience to support patients

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A cancer diagnosis can take a psychological toll on the individual and their family, with a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. Our patients have told us that their daily interactions with our team – whether it’s a welcoming smile on arrival or a chat over a coffee – can have a positive impact on what can be a sometimes testing journey.

To better support our teams to better support our patients, GenesisCare has partnered with clinical psychologist Dr Cath Adams to run a series of workshops focused on building resilience, eliciting and responding to emotional cues, and managing challenging conversations.

Our CancerCare Patient Experience Lead, Ada Ryan, said: “We monitor patient sentiment every month, and I’m always blown away by how much positive feedback there is for our teams. They have the most profound impact on the patient experience, so we are focused on looking for ways to better support them.”

The workshops were trialled in New South Wales and have been deemed an overwhelmingly success by participants. They will now be rolled out nationally.

GenesisCare recognises that the more positive and engaged our team are, the better the patient experience is. These types of initiatives help us continuously empower our team to deliver high quality care to patients.

International Clinical Trials Day May 20 2017

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Clinical research is the key to understanding complex diseases and to developing safe medicines and techniques to combat these diseases.

Each year, International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) is celebrated around the world on or near May 20 to commemorate the day that James Lind began what is believed to be the world's first controlled clinical trial against the deadly disease scurvy. In 1747, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy and the results of his trial saved the lives of thousands of sailors!1

Over one hundred years after Lind's findings the concepts used in modern clinical trials began to fully emerge:1

1863: Placebos (nonharmful dummy or non-effective medical treatments) were given to control groups to compare the results with those from the new drug.

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Have your say, take part in BCNA’s Member Survey 2017

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The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) are calling upon all Australians who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer to take part in a survey.

The survey will feed in to their ‘State of the Nation report’. BCNA needs to remain relevant to all those who are affected with breast cancer, who have had a diagnosis, or who are living with breast cancer, and for those yet to be diagnosed.

We encourage you to share your opinion, they are vital for BCNA to:

Identify any gaps currently in the system

Continue work to be carried out by the BCNA

Help BCNA to understand your needs so that they can influence and improve the health care system on your behalf

Complete the survey anonymously here.

Medical Repurposing Network (MRN)

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At Genesis CancerCare we have many types of monitors and systems that go buzz and beep. These monitors and systems assists doctors and nursing staff in their day to day duties, caring for our patients. Many of these become redundant through upgrades and health standard changes.

Q. What happens to the older and still very functional systems?

A. Medical Repurposing Network (MRN) cares and has done so for the past 7 years.

Wayne Leathem, a Theatre Scrubs Nurse at the Mater Hospital North Sydney, founded MRN. He volunteered countless hours of his own time sourcing and delivering discarded medical equipment and supplies for health care services in disadvantaged communities in Timor-Leste, PNG, Philippines and Fiji.

In 2016 GenesisCare heard of Wayne’s program and offered many items from our Anesthetic environment to MRN. The Anesthetic Machine has been dispatched to Cebu Provincial Hospital Balamban Philippines and the IV Syringe Pump is in use at Bairo Pite Clinic Dili, Timor-Leste.

"This was the single biggest list of medical items I have received from one donor and while not all items can be used in the one location they will find a home, having a good base of items to send off to those in need has allowed MRN to expand our services to Fiji," said Wayne.

The rest of the items has allowed MRN to set up an online Warehouse so that beneficiary hospitals can select what they need. This inactive site has proved to be very successful.

MRN and Rotary Club of Sydney Cove work hand in hand and Rotary’s partnership brings a wider network of services to MRN projects and with the addition of the “Wish List” area on the MRN web site has allowed beneficiary hospital asking for what they need.

MRN and Rotary are both non-for-profit organisations and their efforts relay on donations and donations-in-kind.

View donated machines from Genesis CancerCare:

MRN Web Link IV Syringe Pump http://mrnetwork.com.au/syringe-plump.html
MRN Web Link Anesthetic Machine http://mrnetwork.com.au/aneathetic-2016.html

Connect with Medical Repurposing Network on Facebook here.

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