What's new in November, with links to support, information and other items of interest.
- World Pancreatic Cancer Day – 16 Nov
- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
- New national cancer plan launched
- Caring through touch – new resource
- Study: Body Appreciation in female cancer survivors
- Enhanced Victorian Cancer Trials Link website launched
- Survey: Engaging with patients through clinical research
- Findings from the latest Cancer Nursing Workforce Survey
World Pancreatic Cancer Day – 16 Nov
World Pancreatic Cancer Day will be held on 16 November, during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Our friends at the Pancare Foundation are working with other members of the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Alliance to Light Australia Purple. From the Big Banana to the MCG , iconic locations across Australia will light up their buildings purple to raise important awareness for this devastating disease.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Although smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer, 1 in 3 Australian women diagnosed with the disease have never smoked.
As with most cancers, early detection is linked to better outcomes, so it is important that everyone knows the symptoms. If you have any concerns make sure to talk to your doctor.
New national cancer plan launched
The Australian Goverment has launched a new national cancer plan. This plan is designed to improve cancer outcomes for all Australians, and particularly for those groups whose health outcomes are poorest. Achieving equity in cancer outcomes will be a fundamental measure of success for the plan. This will align Australia with global calls to improve cancer outcomes for all people.
Caring through touch – new resource
Massage can help reduce symptoms such as stress, pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in those undergoing cancer treatment.
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre has produced a new resource called Caring through touch. This video shares how to provide gentle massage to someone with cancer, using safe and simple massage techniques.
Study: Body Appreciation in female cancer survivors
Researchers from Flinders University are looking for female cancer survivors 18 years and over to participate in a study comparing the impact of two writing interventions and a neutral writing control on body image and overall wellbeing.
Participants will spend up to 30-minutes writing, and will be guided through the writing exercise through the use of structured writing prompts.
Enhanced Victorian Cancer Trials Link website launched
The recently relaunched Victorian Cancer Trials Link connects people affected by cancer and their clinicians with information about current cancer clinical trials in Victoria, Australia.
It has a range of information and resources to help you understand how clinical trials work and allows you to easily search for current trials to discuss with your doctor.
Survey: Engaging with patients through clinical research
CT:IQ and the VCCC Alliance are conducting the Beyond the Form project to better understand ongoing communication strategies between researchers and participants in clinical research.
They have created a survey seeking information from people working in Australian health and medical research. This survey asks about communication strategies that health professionals and researchers have used themselves, and/or think should be used by other researchers in the future. The results of this survey will contribute to the Beyond the Form project and may feed into future publications.
Findings from the latest Cancer Nursing Workforce Survey
The findings from the latest Cancer Nursing Workforce Survey by the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) provides valuable workforce insights.
These will inform employers, policymakers and government about the state of the workforce and the delivery of cancer services.