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  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Impact of financial costs of cancer on patients - the
           Australian experience
    • Abstract: Paul, Christine L; Fradgley, Elizabeth A; Roach, Della; Baird, Hannah
      Although healthcare in Australia is largely publicly funded, there are out-of-pocket costs associated with diagnosis, treatment and survival, even in the public system. In Australia, people with cancer report relatively high out-of-pocket health costs and a heavy burden of out-of-pocket costs relative to income. These costs include travel, hospital stays, specialist fees, parking, treatment prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for supportive care. The financial impacts of the disease extend to reduced or lost employment, early retirement and reduced incomes. The financial costs of cancer in Australia are also unequally distributed in that some cancer types are more costly to the individual. Those living in rural and remote areas also face greater out-of-pocket costs, as do those who use the private health system. Cancer-related costs are not restricted to those experiencing a diagnosis of cancer, but also extend to carers and families and can be enduring. While reducing costs is an important long-term goal, ameliorating financial impacts is also important in the short term. The heavy burden associated with cancer may be reduced if the expected costs of treatment and the availability of assistance become part of treatment conversations and processes.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Overview: Cost of cancer to the patient
    • Abstract: McCaffrey, Nikki
      The escalating financial cost of cancer to patients and their families is emerging as a global phenomenon. Despite diversely funded healthcare systems internationally, cancer causes substantial financial burden to individuals in many different countries, including the USA, Canada and Ireland. Australia is no exception and the articles in this Forum explore the many facets of financial costs in this context.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Support for research 2017
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Financial toxicity - what it is and how to measure it
    • Abstract: Gordon, Louisa G; Merollini, Katharina MD; Lowe, Anthony; Chan, Raymond J
      The term 'financial toxicity' is broadly used to describe the distress or hardship arising from the financial burden of cancer treatment. In much the same way as physical side-effects of treatment like fatigue, nausea or blood toxicities, financial problems after cancer diagnosis are a major contributor to poorer quality of life, treatment non-adherence and delayed medical care. This article describes what financial toxicity is, how it is measured, how common it is and what the implications are for further research and clinical practice. A recent review shows a wide range of measures used to describe the financial burden of cancer. Using monetary measures, the magnitude of financial stress was between 28-48% in cancer populations. Possible solutions to reduce the family financial burden include mandating full disclosure of doctors' fees and charges related to treatment and strategies to empower patients to improve their treatment decision making. Furthermore, screening tools such as the COST-FACIT 11-item survey may assist health professionals to identify those patients at high risk of financial stress and refer them to support services. Minimising financial stress is important for patients and measuring financial toxicity helps to expose flaws in health systems and subsequently ensure that citizens receive quality cancer care.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Measurement of resource utilisation in cancer clinical
           studies - tools, issues and challenges
    • Abstract: Shih, Sophy TF; Carter, Rob
      Inclusion of economic evaluations alongside cancer clinical trials necessitates the collection and analysis of resource utilisation and cost data alongside outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to describe and discuss the measurement of cost in clinical studies, particularly resource utilisation. Cost data collection can be conducted retrospectively through linkage of treatment data with claims data, such as Medicare, or by patient recall (questionnaires). Prospective approaches include the patient diary. Measures and data collection tools are usually modified by researchers to fit the purpose and target population of their specific study. There is strong agreement on the inclusion of direct medical and non-medical costs in economic evaluations. The balance of opinion is that inclusion of indirect costs is appropriate; but agreement on exactly 'which indirect costs' and in 'what context' differs. However, narrow study perspectives mean that inter-sectoral resources are often overlooked. In addition to the two cancerspecific instruments included in the Database of Instruments for Resource-Use Measurement, there are numerous resource utilisation measurement tools used in a broad range of clinical research with heterogeneous intervention characteristics and outcome measures. Despite this, very few studies report validated cost/resource use instruments. Further, many cost analyses ignore long-term care costs, nonmedical costs borne by patients and important costs incurred in other sectors, such as social services. There is no 'gold standard' for resource utilisation instruments and the agenda for future research is lengthy. For example, many issues such as recall length, accuracy in recall of medical terms and medicines, specificity versus comprehensiveness of the instrument and missing data, remain to be addressed. Innovation in mobile technology will likely revolutionise data collection and may overcome many of the existing barriers to robust measurement of resource utilisation for cancer clinical trials and improve societal decision making.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Cost of informal caregiving in cancer care
    • Abstract: Girgis, Afaf; Lambert, Sylvie
      In 2015, approximately 2.7 million Australians were unpaid caregivers, including partners, family members, friends and neighbours. However, the true population of Australian caregivers may be under-estimated due to lack of carer self-identification, and this may be even more so for Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Increasing cancer incidence and survival has resulted in a corresponding increase in the demand for unpaid caregivers, prompting in-depth exploration of the economic, psychosocial and physical impact of caring. Caregivers' physical health is significantly impacted and is sometimes reported to be lower than the patients they care for, perhaps as a consequence of prioritising the patient's needs and health over their own. Caregivers are also at increased risk of poorer psychological outcomes than the general population, reporting high levels of depression and anxiety. The financial impact is significant, with informal caregiving representing 18-33% of the total financial cost of cancer. The burden of this financial responsibility can adversely impact caregivers' quality of life, limiting their capacity to fulfil other caregiving roles and also having a direct adverse impact on the patients' quality of life. This paper reviews the costs of caregiving, from a financial, physical and psychosocial perspective.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Regulatory and government funding agency consideration
           of monetary costs to the cancer patient
    • Abstract: Schubert, Camille
      The Australian healthcare system aims to provide accessible healthcare to all citizens, and on a global scale it appears to achieve good health outcomes, with relative efficiency. However, the system is complex and despite various public funding programs, numerous out-of-pocket expenses to patients remain; in cancer patients these are estimated to be significant. The types of costs associated with healthcare are described here, as are the main public healthcare funding schemes in Australia. Decision-makers for these schemes do request information regarding patient costs in economic analyses, however the extent to which cost data are available is limited. Generally and primarily for the practical reasons - but sometimes with a philosophical consideration - only limited information on patient healthcare-related costs will have been considered before a funding recommendation is made. There is a concern that without increased consideration of patient costs, the existing network of public funding schemes in Australia may not adequately ensure the affordability of healthcare.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Clinical application of optimal care pathways at a
           regional cancer centre
    • Abstract: Kinder, Skye; Gough, Karla; Krishnasamy, Meinir
      Objective: To assess the feasibility of clinical application of recently produced Optimal Care Pathways and explore patterns of care for oncology patients receiving care based in the City of Greater Bendigo.

      Design, setting and participants: A retrospective audit of hospital administrative and medical records data undertaken at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PeterMac) and Bendigo Health between January and June 2016. Eligible cases were PeterMac patients with a residential address in the City of Greater Bendigo and who received care based at the PeterMac Bendigo campus as a new patient between 01 January and 31 December 2015.

      Outcome measures: Congruence of routine care with timeframes for steps described in the Optimal Care Pathways for cancer patients commissioned by the Victorian Department or Health and Human Services.

      Results: Assessment of congruence of routine care to the Optimal Care Pathways was complicated by missing data. Where data were available, many pathways of care did not fit the Optimal Care Pathway process map template, due to screening-related or asymptomatic presentations or appropriate deviations in clinical management responsive to individual patient need.

      Conclusion: This study is the first to report feasibility of mapping routine care against the parameters recommended by the Optimal Care Pathways, and to provide guidance for the future assessment of usual care of cancer services to best practice guidelines.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Concerns about cost of future medical care as a factor
           in advance care planning: Review and agenda for future research
    • Abstract: Ford, Timothy R; Cummings, Robin C; Cassel, JBrian
      This review explores the evidence for a relationship between healthcare related financial concerns and advance care planning. Large-scale surveys of public opinion in the US have found that people perceive the financial domain to be an important aspect of quality of life and a major concern regarding end-of-life care, and qualitative research has found that financial worries have been found to be a distinct domain of patients' self-perceived burden on their family. Concerns about being a burden on others have some influence on treatment decisions and advance care planning. Healthcare related financial concerns have some basis in fact, as consumers' out-ofpocket costs continue to escalate in some countries. Further research is warranted about healthcare related financial concern and its impact on motivation for engaging in advance care planning, and the content of those plans. A conceptual model of the relationship is proposed to guide further research. This includes three sets of variables: person characteristics such as health literacy, marital/family status and health state; the trait or state of healthcare related financial concern; and behavioral outcomes such as advance care planning and treatment decisions.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Unemployment after cancer - a hidden driver of
           financial toxicity
    • Abstract: Koczwara, Bogda
      While financial toxicity due to the high costs of cancer treatment is increasingly recognised as a significant challenge for cancer patients and survivors, the impact of reduced work participation as a major driver of financial toxicity is only just coming to light. Unemployment and reduced employment after a cancer diagnosis is associated with reduced financial reserves, impaired quality of life, and possibly reduced survival. Loss of work after cancer disproportionally impacts on those already more vulnerable, such as low income employees and the very young, with impact persisting for some for many years. Research needs to focus on quantifying and predicting the impact of reduced work participation on quality and quantity of survival, and development of interventions to assist with meaningful work participation for cancer survivors.

      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Faculty of radiation oncology
    • Abstract: Forstner, Dion
      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Medical Oncology Group of Australia
    • Abstract: Karapetis, Chris
      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
    • Abstract: Malica, Marie
      PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Cancer Council Australia
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC),
           Victoria
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Newcastle Cancer Control Collaborative (New-3C), NSW
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Behavioural Research and Evaluation Unit (BREU),
           Cancer Council SA
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 2 - Western Australian Cancer Prevention Research Unit
           (WACPRU), Curtin University
    • PubDate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:39:52 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, COSA
    • Abstract: Malica, Marie
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Faculty of Radiation Oncology
    • Abstract: Forstner, Dion
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Medical Oncology Group of Australia
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Behavioural Research and Evaluation (BREU), Cancer
           Council SA
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC),
           Victoria
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Newcastle Cancer Control Collaborative (New-3C), NSW
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Western Australian Cancer Prevention Research Unit
           (WACPRU), Curtin University
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Cancer Council Australia
    • PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Supportive care for women with breast cancer living in
           rural Australia
    • Abstract: Fox, William; Powell, Margaret; Hyland, Vanessa; Honeyball, Florian
      Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among women in Australia. The incidence in rural/remote areas is lower compared to metropolitan areas however management in non-metropolitan regions is complicated by reduced access to support services, screening and diagnostic tools, as well as cultural factors and the tyranny of distance. Despite improvements in technology, reducing the disparity of care between rural and metropolitan patients, further investment in known solutions and supportive care research is required to assist with managing the individual psychosocial needs of women as they go through their breast cancer journey, in order to improve rural patients' poorer outcomes.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - The role and supportive care needs of the partners and
           carers of women with breast cancer
    • Abstract: Girgis, Afaf; Levesque, Janelle V; Smith, Allan; Durcinoska, Ivana; Gerges, Martha
      More than 15,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia in 2016. The shift towards delivering cancer care through ambulatory treatment centres means that partners, relatives, children, siblings and friends of women diagnosed with breast cancer are commonly required to provide much-needed care and support for these women post-treatment. The role of 'carer' can take many different forms and for some, it can be equivalent to a full-time job, with many carers reporting having more things to do than they can handle. Being a carer can be a positive experience, for example some husbands of breast cancer patients undergoing active treatment reported both interpersonal and intrapersonal benefits of caring, such as feeling closer to their partner and growing as a person. However, there is ample evidence that taking on the role of carer has significant impacts on carers' physical and mental health and many carers feel illprepared for that role, especially if the care requires them to address complex medical needs while also supporting their loved one with the psychological challenges experienced following a cancer diagnosis. The inter-relationship between patients' and carers' wellbeing is well-documented, with evidence suggesting that carers' physical and mental wellbeing may influence patient status. Hence, offering informal carers interventions that are structured, goal-oriented and time-limited is recommended to support them in their roles, and many argue that family carers should be considered a 'co-user', or 'co-client' of cancer services.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Fertility after breast cancer and strategies to help
           women achieve pregnancy
    • Abstract: Peate, Michelle; Stafford, Lesley; Hickey, Martha
      Around a quarter of breast cancer patients are premenopausal at diagnosis. As cancer treatment can increase premature menopause, fertility and pregnancy after breast cancer are important issues for many women. This review summarises the literature on fertility after breast cancer and strategies to help women achieve pregnancy - specifically, the risk of infertility, fertility measurement after cancer, the impact of future pregnancy on prognosis, birth outcome, contraception, the psychosocial impact of infertility and pregnancy and assisted reproduction after breast cancer. Pregnancy rates after breast cancer are low. Nonetheless, it is important that women are made aware of the potential impact on their fertility and given information regarding their options for fertility preservation before treatment and about their options after treatment to achieve a pregnancy. Decisions to conceive are challenging as women are weighing up their desire for children against fears of recurrence and potential inability to detect future cancers. Providing evidence-based information and psychosocial support to breast cancer survivors who wish to conceive is an important clinical issue in need of greater attention.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Chemotherapy induced alopecia and strategies to manage
           its impact
    • Abstract: Shaw, Joanne; Boyle, Fran
      Chemotherapy-induced hair loss is a common and distressing side effect of some chemotherapy agents, and is ranked as one of the top three most distressing side effects by patients. Hair loss (alopecia) is more prominent on the scalp but affects the eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, axillary and pubic hair and typically begins within the first three weeks of starting chemotherapy. Patients report lower quality of life, high levels of distress, negative body image and feelings of loss of control associated with their alopecia. For most patients regrowth occurs after treatment completion but the colour and structure of hair can be altered, prolonging the negative impact on patient sense of wellbeing. The impact of chemotherapy-induced alopecia on patients is underestimated by many health professionals. Management is typically to camouflage the loss by wearing a wig, head scarf, or hat/turban. Scalp cooling with coolant based devices to reduce chemotherapy-induced alopecia has been available in Europe for more than a decade, but has only recently been introduced in Australia. Scalp cooling works by reducing local concentration of chemotherapy agents and decreasing metabolic uptake by hair follicle cells. Given the significance of hair loss to patients, further research to ameliorate this common side effect of chemotherapy treatment is urgently required.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Cancer-related cognitive impairment in adult cancer
           survivors: A review of the literature
    • Abstract: Bray, Victoria J; Dhillon, Haryana M; Vardy, Janette L
      Cognitive symptoms are commonly reported by cancer patients. Qualitative research has shown that up to 70% of cancer patients experience symptoms of varying magnitude. Several studies have demonstrated only a weak association between self-reported cognitive symptoms and objective cognitive impairment on formal neuropsychological testing. Conversely, cognitive symptoms have been consistently shown to be associated with other patient reported outcomes, including anxiety/depression, fatigue and quality of life. Cognitive symptoms can have a major impact on individual's personal and professional lives. Initially, the terms 'chemo brain' or 'chemo fog' were used, as it was believed that cognitive changes were a direct result of chemotherapy treatment. It is now clear that the aetiology of cognitive change is more complex, with several studies showing presence of impairment in patients with a new cancer diagnosis, prior to commencement of systemic therapy. The exact aetiology of cognitive impairment is unknown, but it is likely multifactorial. There has been interest in the evaluation of pharmacological and cognitive training strategies for the management of cognitive impairment in cancer patients. Most recently, a large randomised study of a home-based, online cognitive rehabilitation program showed improvements in cognitive symptoms and patient reported outcomes. However, there remains no universally accepted treatment.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Anxiety and depression in women with breast cancer
    • Abstract: Beatty, Lisa; Kissane, David
      Anxiety and depression are the two most prevalent psychiatric presentations among women with breast cancer. If left untreated, anxiety and depression can have serious psychological, medical and health service utilisation consequences. These include reduced likelihood of accepting, tolerating and adhering to recommended treatments, and increased toxicities and severity of medical symptoms that, in turn, can increase healthcare costs and reduce quality of life. Risk factors for anxiety and depression in women with breast cancer include: a past history of anxiety or depressive disorder; younger age at diagnosis (
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Sexual dysfunction after breast cancer: A review of
           treatments and strategies
    • Abstract: Tay, Rebecca; Gibney, Triecia; Antill, Yoland C
      Background: Sexual dysfunction is an extremely common event affecting the wellbeing of women with breast cancer. It includes physical and psychological factors that may occur during early treatment and extend into the years following diagnosis. Without appropriate recognition and management, quality of life may be significantly reduced to a point where treatment compliance is impacted.

      Aim: To assist healthcare workers to identify and manage sexual dysfunction in patients with breast cancer.

      Methods: This article reviews both physical and psychological aspects of sexual dysfunction, together with the potential impact that breast cancer treatments will have on sexuality; additionally strategies for management are described.

      Conclusion: Strategies to improve the recognition of sexuality issues together with approaches to management that are acceptable for the patient while not increasing breast cancer recurrence risk are vital.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - 'Not one size fits all': A brief review of models of
           care for women with breast cancer in Australia
    • Abstract: Porter-Steele, Janine; Tjondronegoro, Dian; Seib, Charrlotte; Young, Leonie; Anderson, Debra
      The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis goes beyond the early diagnosis and treatment phases. While survival has improved significantly over the last decade, women report ongoing quality of life (survivorship) concerns as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. There are many models of supportive care available in Australia, including those provided by specialist breast care nurses, general practitioners, peer support groups and cancer support agencies and councils, and more recently those provided through virtual platforms. Most models of care in Australia recognise the need to provide supportive care throughout the treatment trajectory and beyond, yet there remains an inconsistent pattern in providing coordinated supportive care post completion of acute treatment. This review provides a brief synopsis of some of the models of supportive care available within and outside of Australia.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Supportive care in advanced breast cancer
    • Abstract: Kirsten, Laura; Hobbs, Kim
      Improvements in outcomes for women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer make it imperative to address their wellbeing and medium to long-term supportive care needs. This paper highlights the need for specialised interventions directed towards the amelioration of psychological and social distress for this patient cohort and their caregivers. Screening to identify the supportive care needs of patients should occur at critical time points across the treatment trajectory. While many people respond well to support services to facilitate adjustment to a cancer diagnosis and treatment, as needs become more complex there is a requirement for specific referral to tailored interventions that aim to optimise psychosocial wellbeing. Referral to appropriately skilled psychooncology professionals should be the 'gold standard' to help people with advanced disease deal with the existential issues that arise. The lack of availability of skilled clinicians is one of the main barriers to the provision of high level psycho-oncology services. Health professionals and service providers need to consider new technologies and modalities to improve the reach of supportive care interventions for patients who are unable to access traditional face-to-face services. A challenge for psycho-oncology professionals is to undertake research to make psycho-oncology services more accessible and meaningful to the most vulnerable populations.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - 2016 Tom Reeve award for outstanding contributions to
           cancer care
    • Abstract: Boyle, Fran
      It was a great honour to be presented with the Tom Reeve award at COSA this year, and to have the opportunity to reflect on Tom's many contributions to leadership in the Australian oncology scene, and to my own career development.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Overview: Supportive care in breast cancer
    • Abstract: Butow, Phyllis
      As survival after breast cancer increases, the focus of research and practice is increasingly turning to supportive care. This Forum is focussed on breast cancer in women.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 41 Issue 1 - Strategies to support shared decision making in breast
           cancer
    • Abstract: Rutherford, Claudia; Zdenkowski, Nicholas
      Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centred and evidence-based healthcare. Its integration into routine care is of interest to healthcare providers, consumers and policymakers who want to improve the quality of healthcare. The process of shared decision making enables healthcare providers and a patient with a condition that has more than one available clinically appropriate management strategy, to make a joint health decision. The decision takes into account the best available evidence, in conjunction with the patient's values and preferences and understanding of the benefits and harms of available options. There is unequivocal evidence that shared decision making improves the quality of healthcare decisions, reduces unwarranted variation in care, and improves patient outcomes. Despite these benefits, shared decision making has not been systematically adopted in clinical practice in Australia. Strategies exist that can help healthcare professionals who treat patients with breast cancer incorporate shared decision making into their practice. We review these strategies, including patient decision aids, patient navigators, decision coaches, and online risk calculators.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:59:00 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, COSA
    • Abstract: Malica, Marie
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Faculty of Radiation Oncology, RANZCR
    • Abstract: Forstner, Dion
      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Medical Oncology Group of Australia, MOGA
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Newcastle Cancer Control Collaborative (New-3C), NSW
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Behavioural Research and Evaluation Unit (BREU),
           Cancer Council SA
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Western Australian Cancer Prevention Research Unit
           (WACPRU), Curtin University
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Cancer Council Australia
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Adjuvant therapy of HER2 positive disease: Can we do
           better, or are we already giving too much treatment?
    • Abstract: Wilcken, Nicholas
      Thanks to careful persistent research, the outlook for women diagnosed with early HER2 positive breast cancer has improved markedly over the last two decades. The evolution of HER2-targeted treatments has been a game changer, and the pathology report that reads "HER2 amplified" is not as dreaded as it once was. Clinical trials have proven the safety and effectiveness of adjuvant trastuzumab, and longer term follow-up has been reassuring. However, now is a good time to reflect on these achievements and ask ourselves two questions: how can we do better, and can some patients get by with less treatment?

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer: What happens
           after first line failure?
    • Abstract: Chan, Arlene
      For women with metastatic HER2 positive breast cancer, the introduction of trastuzumab into routine practice was transformative. More recently, the addition of pertuzumab has further improved the outlook. However in almost all cases, the disease unfortunately progresses. Much research has gone into what to do next. Fortunately we now have evidence to support a number of strategies, with the underlying understanding that HER2 blockade should be continued for as long as possible. Historically, lapatinib was the first anti-HER2 agent to show activity after relapse on trastuzumab. Subsequently the effectiveness of T-DM1 (Kadcyla) has been demonstrated, as has the use of alternating chemotherapy agents with trastuzumab. Research is now focussed on understanding and combating the mechanisms of resistance to anti-HER2 agents that inevitably develop. Promising data suggest that mTOR inhibitors, PI3 kinase inhibitors and immune-activating therapies may be helpful.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Brain metastases: A subtype-specific medical approach
    • Abstract: Phillips, Claire
      In the past, brain metastases were essentially all treated in the same way, and heralded a poor prognosis. Improvements in ways of delivering radiotherapy as well as in anaesthetic and neurosurgical techniques and in imaging mean that much more can be achieved. A knowledge of what subtype of breast cancer is being treated is now critical to take into account, especially in HER2 positive disease, where an expanding array of anti-HER2 drugs means that extra-cranial disease may be controlled for many years. Ideally, brain metastases should be managed in a multidisciplinary setting, so that imaging, radiation oncology and neurosurgery input can be combined.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Immunotherapy in breast cancer: The subtype story
    • Abstract: Luen, Stephen J; Loi, Sherene
      Great hopes have been accorded to the potential of immunotherapy to exploit host anti-tumour immunity and deliver improved survival outcomes. Impressive results in cancers known to be immunogenic have led to a plethora of immunotherapy trials in several cancer types, including breast cancer. Descriptions of tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes in early breast cancer have unravelled the landscape of immunogenicity across the breast cancer subtypes, and provide rationale for investigation into immunotherapeutic approaches. Subsequently, numerous clinical trials have been launched, predominantly with checkpoint blockade. While triple negative and HER2-positive breast cancers appear to be more immunogenic than ER-positive/HER-2 negative breast cancers, responses to checkpoint blockade are still seen in this subtype, suggesting that subtype alone may not be a sufficient predictor of response to immunotherapies. Moreover, tumour-intrinsic contributors towards immunogenicity and immune-evasion are increasingly being explored, as is the ability of conventional therapies to modulate the immune microenvironment. Reports from early phase trials in breast cancer show that while immunotherapeutic approaches may not be suitable for all breast cancer patients, there are promising signs for a potential role of immunotherapy in the treatment of selected breast cancers.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Triple negative breast cancer: Proven and promising
           systemic therapies
    • Abstract: Bergin, Alice; Oakman, Catherine; Lindeman, Geoffrey J
      Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a heterogeneous disease. While simply defined by immunohistochemical parameters, TNBC actually encompasses a raft of tumour subtypes with variable prognoses and treatment sensitivities. Systemic treatment decisions for patients with TNBC are becoming increasingly complex. In many cases, decision-making remains hampered by the current lack of predictive and prognostic biomarkers, and as such, chemotherapy remains the mainstay of systemic treatment options. Sequential anthracycline and taxane regimens, delivered as either neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy, are widely accepted as the 'standard of care' in early stage disease. TNBC in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers are more likely to be sensitive to platinum-based chemotherapy and PARP inhibition. The role for these approaches is currently under investigation in large clinical trials for this population. As with certain other solid tumours, harnessing the immune system to tackle this challenging breast cancer subtype is showing some promise and the role of immunotherapy in TNBC is currently being investigated in large clinical trials. Data on safety and efficacy are eagerly awaited but will need to take into account the heterogeneous nature of this disease.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Tamoxifen, CYP2D6 and endoxifen in the treatment of
           hormone sensitive breast cancer: Demystifying the connections
    • Abstract: Lee, Clara Inkyung; Gurney, Howard
      The role of the selective oestrogen receptor modulator, tamoxifen, is well established in the treatment of hormone sensitive breast cancer. The metabolism of tamoxifen to its active metabolites is however complex. Despite much research, a conclusive stance on the clinical implications of CYP2D6, active metabolites including endoxifen in efficacy and toxicity, is yet to be reached. Herein we examine the literature to clarify the connections between tamoxifen, CYP2D6 and endoxifen with resultant clinical recommendations.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Bone health in the treatment of postmenopausal women
           with Aromatase Inhibitors and premenopausal women treated with ovarian
           suppression and Aromatase inhibitors: A hands-on guide
    • Abstract: Lee, Clara I
      In postmenopausal women, and premenopausal women treated concomitantly with ovarian suppression, aromatase inhibitors are a standard of care in the adjuvant treatment of hormone sensitive breast cancer. Dosed daily for up to ten years, these drugs are not without significant toxicity. Given such protracted duration of treatment and that the majority of women treated in this setting have very favourable disease free and overall survival from their early stage breast cancer, long-term toxicity is a particular concern. The most concerning long-term toxicity is the deleterious effect of aromatase inhibitors on bone density. Accelerated bone loss due to aromatase inhibitors confers increased fracture risk and thereby significant morbidity. Therefore it is important to investigate and monitor bone health prior to commencement of and during aromatase inihibitor treatment, and ensure appropriate measures to optimize bone health are instituted. Recommendations from the summary of the literature to date, relevant to the Australian setting are outlined in this paper.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - The 'enablers': Inhibitors of mTOR, PI3K and CDK that
           prolong endocrine sensitivity
    • Abstract: Wilcken, Nicholas
      For many years, tamoxifen and the aromatase inhibitors have been the mainstay of treatment for ER positive breast cancer, although it has been apparent that resistance to these drugs is a limiting factor. We are now at the beginning of a new era, as drugs that block the development of endocrine resistance are becoming available. Pre-clinical research has given us an understanding of some of the molecular mechanisms of endocrine resistance, identifying new targets for drug development. Chief among these are the PI3 kinase/AKT pathway and the cell cycle control mechanism governed by cyclins and cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs). We are now in the process of integrating mTOR inhibitors, PI3kinas inhibitors and CDK 4/6 inhibitors into clinical practice on the back of clinical trial results that show they can prolong the effects of endocrine agents.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Breast cancer: A disease of subtypes
    • Abstract: Wilcken, Nicholas
      As cancer medicine moved into the 21st century, the long relationship between molecular biology and clinical care was finally consummated with the aid of biomathematics, and the era of the cancer subtype was born. The intuitive understanding that clinicians had - that not all breast cancers behaved the same - was given a molecular basis, and has subsequently informed our care and produced new tools with which to contain this disease.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC),
           Victoria
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Cancer Council Australia Student Essay Competition
           2016: How best to teach and learn about cancer in medical schools: Moving
           towards a patient-centred approach that reflects the needs of Australia
    • Abstract: McRae, Robert J
      Cancer has recently overtaken heart disease to become the number one cause of mortality both globally and in Australia. As such, adequate oncology education must be an integral component of medical school if students are to achieve learning outcomes that meet the needs of the population. The aim of this review is to evaluate the current state of undergraduate oncology education and identify how Australian medical schools can improve oncology learning outcomes for students, and by derivative, improve health care outcomes for Australians with cancer. The review shows that oncology is generally not well represented in medical school curricula, that few medical schools offer mandatory oncology or palliative care rotations, and that junior doctors are exhibiting declining oncology knowledge and skills. To address these issues, Australian medical schools should implement the Oncology Education Committee's Ideal Oncology Curriculum, enact mandatory oncology and palliative care clinical rotations for students, and in doing so, appreciate the importance of students' differing approaches to learning.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - Clinical Oncology Society of Australia: Cancer care
           coordinator position statement summary
    • Abstract:
      The growing demand for cancer care, increasing complexity of cancer and its treatments, a shrinking workforce, and rising costs, present major challenges to the delivery of cancer care. In this context, effective coordination of care across different clinicians, teams and health services is essential to high-quality cancer care. Consumers consistently identify coordination of care to be a priority issue and an important influence on their cancer experience. Coordination of care has also been identified as a critical element of person-centred care and is an important element of national safety and quality standards for health care services.

      PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Issue 3 - W Brian Fleming
    • PubDate: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:35:18 GMT
       
 
 
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