HDR Brachytherapy Venezia Cervix Applicator Specialists meet in Brisbane

Genesis CancerCare at the Wesley Hospital hosted a breakfast meeting with the cervix cancer specialists who treated the first HDR Brachytherapy Venezia cervix case in Asia Pacific.

The product specialist from Holland, Eylem Arikan, ran through the design process for this advanced gynaecological applicator available at The Wesley. The team provided feedback on the easy use of the applicator and discussed future developments in cervical cancer treatment. Attendee’s at the breakfast were Dr Nicola Lowrey (Genesis CancerCare Radiation Oncologist), Dr Olivia Bigault (Genesis CancerCare Radiation Oncologist), Dr Andrea Garrett (Gynaecological Oncologist), Dr Robyn Cheuk (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Radiation Oncologist), Candice Deans (Genesis CancerCare Brachytherapy Services Manager), Eylem Arikan (Elekta Product Manager), Kirsten Bell (Elekta Brachytherapy Product Specialist) and Ben Moore (Elekta Sales Manager)

The press release regarding the first use of the Venezia applicator at the Wesley can be read here.

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L-R Dr Nicola Lowrey, Dr Olivia Bigault, Dr Robyn Cheuk, Eylem Arikan, Ben Moore, Candice Deans, Kirsten Bell (missing Dr Andrea Garrett)

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L-R Dr Oliver Bigault, Dr Robyn Cheuk and Eylem Arikan

Supporting World Cancer Day this February

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Genesis CancerCare Rockhampton Kim Burke and Centre leader Sarah Warden

Genesis CancerCare partnered with Rockhampton Cancer Care Services to support World Cancer Week. 

A global event, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. 

Our friendly caring team members were on hand for patients, family and friends of the Rockhampton CQ community. Fact sheets and information brochures were available

Chermside Multidisciplinary Team celebrates 2018 World Cancer Day

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Dr Art Kaminski with friend and Margo restaurant chef Americo Fernandes

The Chermside Multidisciplinary Team celebrated the 2018 World Cancer Day with an outing to the Margo restaurant on Brisbane’s Northside.

This coincided with Dr Art Kaminski’s 10th anniversary as a radiation oncologist in Brisbane.

The team reflected on the developments made in cancer care over the past 10 years, including the expansion of radiotherapy services on Brisbane’s Northside.

For an appointment at the Chermside centre of Genesis Cancer Care please call 3350 7200.

Cancer can’t stop 83-year-old Eric

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Eric, 83, recently completed treatment for prostate cancer at our Genesis CancerCare Southport Centre. He also blitzed the competition to be 75+ age group winner in the recent Robina Triathlon.

Eric was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2016 and underwent bouts of hormone injections and radiation therapy that left him sweating profusely, affecting his sleep and energy levels

“It pegs you back a bit, but I am not the sort guy to give up”.

A successful triathlon competitor in the 1980’s, Eric felt compelled to start training again when his Doctors recommend he stay fit during his treatment.

“Training and exercise has positively impacted my recovery. It’s made me stronger and more able to deal with discomfort. I have added a new dimension to my life, new horizons and this has given me goals to achieve…”

Eric’s next goal is to swim 50, 50 metre laps and return to Robina next January to defend his 75+ age group first place.

Eric is hoping that his story will inspire others who face radiation therapy.

Talk to your Radiation Oncologist or nursing team about exercise during treatment.


Genesis Cancer Care Queensland expands stereotactic programme

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Dr Art Kaminski, GCCQ Radiation Oncologist and Dr Marosh Vrtik, Thoracic Surgeon

The St Andrew’s Thoracic Oncology Multi-Disciplinary team met for the final time on December 7th at the Regatta Hotel.
Dr Art Kaminski presented a review of the evolving role of stereotactic radiotherapy in a number of lung cancer settings;

The established practice of treating peripheral tumours, further supported by the presentation of the Australasian CHISEL trial results at the 2017 World Lung Cancer Congress held in Osaka, Japan

Central tumours treated according to the Bezjak or Haasbeek protocols as reached by consensus at the 2017 Annual Genesis Scientific Meeting held in Sydney

Oligometastatic disease (with up to three lesions) as treated in the SAFRON trials and upcoming CORE study

Dominant lesions treated with SABR in the setting of widely metastatic disease as part of the NIVORAD trial

The group is looking forward to utilising the expanded stereotactic programme in the new year.
For further enquiries please contact Genesis Cancer Care Queensland on 3870 4366

Two new state-of-the-art cancer services coming to Wide Bay

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Visualisation of our new centre underway at St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay

GenesisCare is pleased to announce that it is developing two state-of-the-art cancer services to deliver high-quality radiation therapy to Wide Bay oncology patients. The centres will be located at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Bundaberg and at St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay. This builds on GenesisCare’s long history in the regional Queensland community, with its integral cardiology and sleep services in Bundaberg.

GenesisCare Executive Manager of CancerCare, Keith Hansen, said he was delighted by the opportunity to bring high-quality cancer care services to the region.

“GenesisCare is thrilled to be developing a world-class cancer care service for oncology patients in the Wide Bay area. We’ll be bringing insights and care models from our global network direct to the region, and will be investing in the latest technology, along with clinical research and trials.

“A cancer diagnosis places a lot of strain on the individual, so our team puts as much effort into taking care of the person as we do into treating the cancer. We do this by providing rapid access to high quality services in a caring and supportive environment,” said Mr Hansen.

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