Palliative Care - Professor Jennifer Philip - Video
Palliative care is person- and family-centred care that is focused on comfort, quality of life and a patient’s total wellbeing while a person has an active, progressive, life-limiting or terminal illness. Palliative care plays an important role after diagnosis, during and after treatment – including supportive treatment to help manage the symptom burden – and at the end of life. It is important to understand that palliative care is appropriate at any time during the cancer journey. People who access palliative care early tend to have an improved quality of life and reduced distress due to symptoms. Recent studies have shown that people who have early palliative care may live longer, with fewer symptoms and with a better quality of life than patients who did not have palliative care. In this video Professor Jennifer Philip speaks about 'Palliative care'.
Pancreatic Cancer - Diet & Nutrition for people living with pancreatic cancer - Handbook
Cancer is life-changing, but recent advances in medicine mean that people living with cancer are now enjoying longer, fuller and healthier lives after treatment. These advances include a broader understanding of nutrition and how your diet can help you feel better. This PanSupport handbook highlights important information about managing your diet if you have, or recently have had, pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer - Patient handbook
This booklet is for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Partners, family members and carers may also find it useful. It gives a general introduction to pancreatic cancer, information on tests and investigations that help confirm a diagnosis and provides an overview of possible treatment options and the wider impact of the diagnosis. The information may also be helpful for anyone who is undergoing investigations for pancreatic cancer and wondering what the next steps might be.
Pancreatic cancer - Symptoms and risk factors - Fact Sheet
Pancreatic cancer can be difficult to detect due to the location of the pancreas. Symptoms are often vague and can be similar to other medical conditions. It is important to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer. See your GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if it is unusual for you or persistent. 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 pancreatic cancer or another condition. This fact sheet outlines the symptoms and risk factors of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer - The complexities and challenges of treatment - Presentation Video
On Thursday 20th May, Prof Frederic Hollande and Dr Paul Nguyen from the Centre of Cancer Research at VCCC joined our online support group to share their expert research about the complex genetics of pancreatic and upper gastrointestinal cancers. The session provided valuable insight into why pancreatic tumours resist current treatments and how the detailed characterisation of tumours into genetic sub-types can lead to the development of more personalised therapies to treat the disease. Prof Hollande acknowledged the invaluable contribution of patients and carers through their involvement in the various research projects. The perspective and insight that consultation with patients and carers affords the research team is essential, to drive optimal outcomes and ensure a patient centered approach.
Pancreatic cancer - Whipple's Procedure - Questions for your surgeon - Fact Sheet
Whipple's surgery is complex surgery, with the results of surgery often dependent on the experience of the surgeon, specifically relating to the number of times the Whipple's surgery has been performed. An open and frank discussion with your surgeon might help you make appropriate choices relating to your treatment. This fact sheet contains some of the questions that you could ask.
Seeking a second opinion - Chris shares her experience - Video
Suggesting to your doctor that you will be seeking a second opinion can sometimes feel difficult and uncomfortable. It is best to be open and honest, suggest that you are satisfied with their decision and you would like to be as thoroughly informed as possible. It is also best to keep your doctor informed during this process as they can make your medical records, test results and X-rays available to the specialist who is giving the second opinion. You can seek a second, third and fourth opinion until you are satisfied and comfortable with the doctor you have chosen. It is often a valuable part of your decision-making process. Most doctors will encourage you to seek more than one opinion as they may confirm or suggest modifications to the proposed treatment plan. Pancreatic cancer patient Chris shares her experience in this video.
Stomach cancer - Symptoms and risk factors - Fact Sheet
There are often no symptoms of stomach 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 stomach cancer or another condition. This fact sheet outlines the symptoms and risk factors of stomach cancer.
Talking about death - Professor Jennifer Philip - Video
Fear or anxiety about dying can impact how we live in the day to day, and on the quality of life and time left to us. But like many things that worry us, talking about death and sharing those fears can help reduce them. It can also provide us with the opportunity to have conversations with loved ones about our healthcare wishes as you move towards the end of your cancer journey. In this video Professor Jennifer Philip speaks about 'Talking about death'.
Talking to your medical team - A/Prof Michael Michael - Video
Good communication between you and your treating team is very important. You should be able to have frank discussions with your team, you should understand your health condition and plans for your treatment, you should be able to ask any question that you want answered, you should know who the members of your treating team are and who your contact person in the team is in case you have questions. In this video A/Prof Michal Michael provides insight into talking to your medical team.
Upper GI cancers - Advance care planning - Fact Sheet
Making decisions about future healthcare is also known as advance care planning. Advance care planning can help inform those closest to you how to make healthcare decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions for yourself. This process may involve thinking and talking about complex and sensitive issues. Use this factsheet to help articulate thoughts or questions that you may have about advance care planning