PCPA in the news – Patient groups, clinicians and industry challenge the status quo at rare diseases inquiry hearing

 

Health Industry Hub 1 February 2024

Pharma News: The Senate Community Affairs References Committee, chaired by Green’s Senator Janet Rice, held a public hearing in Sydney yesterday, spearheading an Opposition-led inquiry into equitable access to diagnosis and treatment for individuals with rare and less common cancers.

Addressing the committee, Associate Professor Christopher Steer, President of Private Cancer Physicians of Australia, emphasised “We need to end the cancer lottery where a patient with a particular diagnosis can get support for their treatment whereas another is denied … because their cancer is of the wrong type.”

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PCPA in the news – ‘Patients should not be lost in our overly complex health system’, says Private Cancer Physicians of Australia

Health Industry Hub 20 November 2023

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Please also refer to the below link to The Hon Mark Butler MP’s media release in relation to this topic.

New era in cancer care for all Australians

PCPA in the news – Oncologist face PBS drug dilemma

pharma in focus 28 Aug- 1 Sept 2023

 

Posted 28 August 2023

Offering innovative but costly therapies is a major dilemma faced by Australian oncologists with a new survey finding they fear putting their patients under financial stress.

The survey, conducted by Servier Laboratories, aimed to unpack the barriers to cancer clinicians offering new therapies that are not available on the PBS to their patients.

While pharmaceutical companies often step in with a level of discount, known as co-pay programs, it still means considerable out of pocket costs for the patient. Only 10 per cent of the respondents said that they felt ‘comfortable’ raising the subject.

Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) members, including radiologists, medical oncologists, and haematologist specialists were among respondents.

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PCPA in the news – New podcast urges stakeholders to speak out on access to new technologies

June 30, 2023

 

 

 

AstraZeneca has supported a new podcast that calls for accelerated access to innovative precision medicines and genomic profiling.The podcast is the third in the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia’s (PCPA’s) Cancer Patient Management series.

PCPA, Australia’s peak body for private cancer specialists, has joined other oncology and patient groups to advocate for removing the cost and regulatory barriers for patients with cancer accessing upfront molecular profiling.

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PCPA in the news – New platform for oncologist MedEd

pharma in focus 19 June – 23 June 2023

 

Posted 21 June 2023

Pharma has a key role to play in helping cancer specialists meet their professional development requirements – and a new digital platform could help that partnership grow further.

The Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) has announced the launch of a new digital platform, CPD4MedProfessional.com, which will help cancer specialists meet their updated continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

The new online support program has been developed with the PCPA’s education partners ScienceToLife.

Currently seven pharma companies are part of the PCPA Strategic Alliance Partnership program, supporting educational activities that help medical and radiation oncologists and haematologists meet their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

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PCPA in the news – can ‘smart bombs’ replace chemo?

pharma in focus 13 June – 16 June 2023

Posted 15 June 2023

Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), described as “biological missiles” and “smart bombs” against cancer, could have the potential to replace chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer.

Speaking on the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia Podcast series, University of California San Francisco Director of Breast Oncology Professor Hope Rugo said the precise and potent surface-antibody drugs were proving effective and better tolerated than existing treatments.

“This is such an exciting topic for all of us,” Rugo said. “It pervades everything we are discussing now in terms of treatment and clinical practice and research.”

She said ADCs, which contain a cancer-specific monoclonal antibody covalently attached to a cytotoxic drug through a chemical linker, were providing effective in different breast cancer subtypes.

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PCPA in the news – Unveiling the power of empathy: Gilead joins oncologists in bridging the gap

Health Industry Hub 26 May 2023

Pharma News: In an event that showcased the cutting-edge advancements in cancer treatment, the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) joined forces with GenesisCare, their Strategic Alliance Partner, to successfully launch the inaugural PCPA Live Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) Masterclass. This event witnessed healthcare leaders from Gilead Australia immerse themselves in the daily life of breast cancer patients undergoing complex treatments, providing a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the challenges faced by patients and their MDT teams.

Under the esteemed guidance of PCPA Board member and renowned GenesisCare Medical Oncologist, Professor Stephen Clarke, alongside esteemed colleagues Dr Katrina Moore and Dr Sally Baron-Hay, more than 15 industry leaders in cancer care came together at the North Shore Campus in Sydney. This facility, which encompasses both GenesisCare and the prestigious Royal North Shore Hospital, served as the perfect setting for the interactive Masterclass.

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PCPA in the news – Leaders get up close in cancer care

pharma in focus 26th May 2023

Gilead leaders attended a newly launched Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) Masterclass in cancer treatment this week hailed as an “immersive experience” to help deliver better outcomes for breast cancer patients.

The two-day interactive masterclass is an initiative of the peak body for private cancer clinicians, Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) and its strategic alliance partner, GenesisCare.

It was held at the North Shore Campus in Sydney, which incorporates GenesisCare and Royal North Shore Hospital.

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PCPA in the news – Gilead joins Private Cancer Physicians of Australia for launch of Live MDT Masterclass

Bio Pharma Dispatch 25 May 2023

The inaugural PCPA Live Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) Masterclass in cancer treatment was launched this week by the peak body for private cancer clinicians and its strategic partner
GenesisCare.

Under the leadership of PCPA Board member and leading GenesisCare Medical Oncologist, Professor Stephen Clarke and his colleagues, participants from Gilead experienced, first-hand, what a day in the life of a breast cancer patient, undergoing complex treatment, really entails for them and their MDT teams.

 

 

 

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PCPA in the news – Big names meet to talk cancer

pharma in focus 4th May 2023.

Big names are readying to debate “the true value of oncology” at the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia’s (PCPA) 2023 conference over the weekend in Melbourne – just days ahead of the 2023-24 Federal Budget.

The ‘Embracing the Challenge: Advancing Cancer Care’ conference will be held at the InterContinental hotel, The Rialto, and is sponsored by a range of pharma’s including Diamond Sponsor Roche and Gold Sponsors  Gilead, Kite, and Servier.

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