Welcome to the PCPA Podcast series with a focus on Cancer Patient Management.

Episode 4. Voluntary Assisted Dying: What you need to know.

How do doctors navigate the moral and medical minefield of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD)? How do doctors balance the views and hopes of their patients with their own beliefs and values?

PCPA Board member, Victorian Director and medical oncologist, Dr Cameron McLaren, delves into the rapidly evolving landscape of controversial and legalised Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD).

Dr McLaren is joined by fellow VAD pioneers, PCPA member and Medical Oncologist specialising in Cancer Genetics, Dr Hilda High and Ms Laurie Draper from the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator Service.

In this special Cancer Patient Management podcast series, our PCPA experts tackle the vexed issues facing doctors, navigators and their patients who are contemplating VAD as an end-of-life choice.

With all states now embracing VAD laws and more and more Australians with cancer wanting this option, our podcasters urge all doctors to undergo Voluntary Assisted Dying training, even if they do not to want to be involved in the VAD journey themselves.

Episode 3: Precision Medicine for Australian Patients with Cancer

Molecular profiling plays a crucial role in optimizing cancer care by enabling personalized treatment decisions, improving treatment outcomes, and offering potential avenues for targeted therapies and clinical trial participation. In this PCPA Podcast, Professor Desmond Yip, PCPA Secretary and Treasurer and Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology at the Canberra Hospital is joined by Professor Lorraine Chantrill, Senior Staff Specialist Medical Oncologist and Head of Service for Medical Oncology across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), and Area Clinical Director of Clinical Trials and also Dr Vivek Rathi, Director of Operations, Group Medical Director, Group Molecular Pathologist at LifeStrands Genomics. In this podcast, they discuss precision medicine for Australian patients with cancer, current genetic pathology and actionable targets. We look to the future of comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) and how to make this a clinical solution for all.

Episode 2: Antibody-Drug Conjugates: Transforming Breast Cancer Treatment

The Private Cancer Physician’s Podcast series on Managing Patients with Cancer is pleased to release its new podcast: Antibody-Drug Conjugates: Transforming Breast Cancer Treatment. In this podcast, we discuss antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and the transformative role they are playing in the fight against metastatic breast cancer. ADCs are “smart bombs” that provide a new construct to treat metastatic breast cancer, with higher efficacy and less off target toxicities. Dr Richard de Boer, Medical Oncologist from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is joined by Professor Hope Rugo, Director, Breast Oncology and Clinical Trials Education and Medical Director of Cancer Infusion Services, UCSF as well as Dr Belinda Yeo, Medical Oncologist from the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and Clinician Scientist from the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. Produced by ScienceToLife.

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Episode 1:
The Patient Doctor

What happens when a Doctor can experience the health system through patient eyes? Dr Ben Bravery, author of the Patient Doctor and a Registrar in Sydney, Australia, tells his story of being diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer and enabling change from within the health system. In discussion are our PCPA leads, Dr Cameron McLaren, Medical Oncologist at Monash Health and St John of God Melbourne Australia and A/Prof Katrin Sjoquist, Medical Oncologist at St George Private Hospital and Clinical Lead at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, we explore how a patient becomes the centrepoint for the core of healthcare decisions.

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