A Guide for Clinicians: Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy
This guide focuses on pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) in patients living with pancreatic cancer. PEI is when the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes, or when the amounts of enzymes secreted into the duodenum are insufficient. PEI results in maldigestion, and sometimes malabsorption and malnutrition. PEI can result when pancreatic function is affected due to disease or surgery – for example, from pancreatic cancer and associated surgeries, stomach cancer, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome.
Biliary cancer - Symptoms and risk factors - Fact Sheet
There are often no symptoms of biliary tract cancer, particularly in the early stages. It is best to see your doctor for review and investigation if you experience unexplained symptoms that worry you. They will ask you questions to help understand whether the cause of symptoms are liver cancer or another condition. This fact sheet outlines the symptoms and risk factors of biliary tract cancer.
Clinical Trials - A/Prof Michael Michael - VIDEO
When new treatments, tests or interventions are developed looking to treat, manage, detect, or prevent medical conditions and diseases like cancer, clinical trials are conducted. These investigations help determine whether a new treatment or intervention is better than options that are already available, whether it works and if it is safe. A clinical trial requires people to volunteer as participants to accurately evaluate the outcomes of the research investigation. Researchers develop and test new interventions in a laboratory setting, using computer simulation and animal studies. If these interventions show promise they are progressed into a clinical trial. Many clinical trials follow defined Phases. The early phases of clinical trials test on a small number of people to assess effectiveness and safety. If the intervention shows promise it will move to the later phase of testing with information relating to effectiveness and side effects being collected from a far larger group of participants.
Diet and upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer - what you need to know - Living Well Series Webinar
Upper gastrointestinal cancer and treatments can affect how your body is able to digest food and absorb nutrients. Good nutrition can affect how your body responds to surgery, treatment and recovery. Maintaining a healthy diet during cancer treatment can be difficult due to unpleasant side effects of treatment or as a result of surgery to. Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Lauren Atkins, shares her expert knowledge in this webinar and provides specialised and practical insight into managing your symptoms and nutritional needs after surgery and pre and post treatment.
Exercise and upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer - the importance of keeping active - Living Well Series Webinar
Exercise during and after cancer treatment has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing and improve your ability to cope with the side effects of treatment. Keeping active through exercise that you enjoy and feel comfortable with, along with choosing the kind of exercise that is compatible with your body and treatment program is important. Dale Ischia, Accredited Exercise Physiologist explores why exercise is an integral part of daily life, the benefits of exercise after surgery and during treatment and factors to consider when starting a new exercise program. Join us, as Dales shares her expert and practical advice in this webinar.
Improving your emotional wellbeing through Mindfulness - Living Well Series Webinar
There is growing evidence that our emotional wellbeing has a profound effect on our health. Emotions such as stress, fear and anger, can lead to poor immune function and inflammation, and may impact metabolism and brain function. In this webinar, Sabina Vitacca, Mindfulness Consultant explores these common triggers and provide tools and techniques to help you move through these moments and positively impact your thoughts, actions, feelings, behaviours and ultimately health, through Mindfulness.
Liver Cancer - Cancer Care Guide
Being told you have liver cancer or could have liver cancer can be overwhelming. A lot can happen quickly, and you might have lots of questions. This resource can help to guide you and your family and friends through this experience. Created by Cancer Council Australia.
Liver cancer - Symptoms and risk factors - Fact Sheet
In its early stages, liver cancer can be difficult to detect. Primary liver cancer does not tend to cause many predominant symptoms until the cancer is more advanced. It is important to be aware of liver cancer symptoms and risk factors. It is best to see your doctor for review and investigation if you experience unexplained symptoms that worry you. They will ask you questions to help understand whether the cause of symptoms are liver cancer or another condition. This fact sheet outlines the symptoms and risk factors of liver cancer.
Liver cancer: A Common Path – support and advice video
The ‘A Common Path’ suite of cancer support and advice videos have been developed by the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, with support from Pancare, for people who have been newly diagnosed with cancer. They provide people with an opportunity to learn from others who have already experienced a cancer diagnosis and treatment, highlighting how they made decisions, the things they learned along the way, the things that helped, and the things they wish they had known or done better.
Managing the side effects of upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer - Living Well Series Webinar
Every individual living with upper GI cancer will experience the symptoms and side effects from surgery and treatment differently. Learning ways to manage these side effects can help you navigate each day and experience greater quality of life. In this webinar, specialist nurse’s Kristy-Lee Jones and Shannon Gleeson share their expert knowledge surrounding common side effects such as nausea, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, mouth sores, abdominal discomfort and more. Practical ways to manage these side effects are explored along with information regarding the supports and care available for you and your family.
Nearing death - Professor Jennifer Philip - Video
This can be a time when relatives and friends feel they are waiting with a sense of anticipation. You may feel like you’ve ‘had enough’. Thoughts and feelings like this are normal and very common among family members and people providing care. Sometimes the dying process happens over a few days. This can be distressing for some people. If you are in a hospital or hospice facility, ask what they have available for visitors. Access to tea and coffee or extra chairs can make your time more comfortable. As someone approaches the end of their life, they may become more drowsy, have less energy and become easily tired. They are likely to become weaker and may spend more time asleep. They may become detached from reality or unaware of what is happening around them. No one can give an exact answer of when someone will die. There are some common indicators that death may be near, within days or weeks. In this video Professor Jennifer Philip speaks about 'Nearing death'.