Providing members with education and information about prostate cancer is an important part of the Group’s activities
Meetings are now being held in-person and via Zoom, and are working well.
The guest speaker at our December 14, 2021 meeting was Dr Dixon Woon MBBS (Hons), DMedSc, FRACS (Urology), describing “Prostate Cancer Treatment Progress over the last 10 years”.
Dr Woon is a consultant urologist at Epworth Health, Austin Health, and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. He has a special interest in urological cancers.
Dixon completed his urological training at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2016. He then went on to complete a further 2 years of fellowship training in robotic and open cancer surgery at the University of Toronto, at one of the largest cancer centres, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Dixon is now a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), the peak North American body for urology cancer surgery. In 2018, Dixon completed his Doctor of Medical Science degree through the University of Melbourne in advanced prostate cancer treatments and cancer immunology. As a result of his research in this field, he was awarded a number of grants and awards. Dixon is passionate about research in the urology field, he has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and has attended and presented at a number of international conferences.
The guest speaker at our October meeting was Nikolajs Zeps from the Monash University Eastern Health Clinical School, on the topic “What will the treatment of Prostate Cancer be like in ten years time?”.
The guest speaker at our August meeting was Ben Shemesh, Project Officer, Monash University, who presented on the development of the BroSupPORT portal. The portal is intended to support men living with prostate cancer by helping them to understand how the side effects they might be experiencing compare with men of similar age and risk profile who have received the same treatment. The portal includes information on issues that have a big impact on a man’s quality of life, like urinary incontinence, sexual and bowel function. The project is sponsored by the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) and has been developed in collaboration with Monash University as the managers of the Prostate Cancer Outcome Registry-Victoria (PCOR-Vic); Movember as funders of PCOR-Vic; and Alfred Health as the nominated lead Victorian public health service.
The guest speakers at our July meeting were Prof Ray Chan and Dr Nicholas Hart talking about the MOSES Trial, which will model and evaluate follow-up care at six acute cancer care centres and more than 800 general practices in Qld, SA and Vic.
The guest speaker at our June meeting was Dr Natalie Heynsbergh,
Research Fellow, Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health.
She spoke about about an online study Deakin are undertaking on the value of mindfulness in managing the anxieties associated with cancer treatments. Men living with local or locally advanced prostate cancer, or those under active surveillance
(watch and wait), are eligible. The session covered the scope and nature of the study and answered members’ questions.
The guest speaker at our May 2021 meeting was Angela Mellerick, Nurse Unit Manager, Olivia Newton
John Cancer and Wellness Centre talking about her role, supporting people
undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments.
The guest speaker at our December 2020 Zoom meeting was Dr Cleola Anderiesz, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Cancer Australia.
Dr Cleola Anderiesz, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Cancer Australia, is an experienced senior executive with 18 years of experience in health across the research, not-for-profit, and government public sector. Committed to quality in healthcare, Dr Anderiesz holds a PhD in Medicine and a Senior Executive MBA. She is skilled in policy, strategy, innovation, program development and implementation, stakeholder engagement, and evidence-based decision making.
The guest speaker at our October 2020 meeting on Tuesday October 20 was Dr Renu Eapen.
Dr Eapen is a Consultant Urologist who privately consults at Cancer Specialists, and operates and consults at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She has a special interest in the surgical and non-surgical management of prostate cancer, as well as kidney and bladder cancers. She also has an interest in the treatment of voiding dysfunction in men and women.
Dr Eapen completed her urology training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014 and then undertook research in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern. She went on to complete Fellowship training in urodynamics, incontinence voiding dysfunction and reconstruction at the University of Toronto, and then in robotics and uro-oncology at the University of California at San Francisco.
The guest speaker at our August 2020 meeting on Tuesday August 18 was urologist Mr David Dangerfield.
Mr Dangerfield is at the forefront of establishing a new microsurgery procedure to restore potency to men who have had the erectile nerve connections to their penis damaged after having their prostate removed as a result of cancer.