Randwick Precinct Cancer Roundtable - Pancreatic Cancer [August 28th 2018]

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New Precision Medicine Approaches for Pancreatic Cancer

Interactive discussion facilitated by Dr Koroush Haghighi

Hepatopancreatobiliary, Transplant, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr Koroush Haghighi is a recognised expert in liver and pancreatic surgery with extensive experience in complex and extended resections requiring major vascular reconstructions. As a consultant specialist at Prince of Wales and St Vincent’s public and private hospitals, he performs more than 150 major liver and pancreatic resections per year.

Invited speaker – Professor Chris Heeschen

Head of the Stem Cells & Cancer Group, UNSW Sydney

Professor Heeschen runs an integrated basic and translational research program, with a particular focus on pancreatic cancer. Building on his original landmark discovery of pancreatic cancer stem cells and the heterogeneity therein, his groups has now began to dissect the molecular traits of stemness in pancreatic cancer, including their specific metabolic features, epigenetic regulators and immune escape mechanism.

At UNSW, the group will now continue studying the cellular heterogeneity and hierarchy of pancreatic cancer down to single cells and developing novel precision medicine approaches for this deadly disease with unmet medical need.

Topics for discussion

1. Isolation, characterisation, and propagation of (circulating) cancer stem cells

2. Functional in vivo taxonomy of pancreatic cancer stem cells to identify new targets

3. Pre-clinical development of multimodal therapies for pancreatic cancer

4. Developing CAR T cell-based immunotherapies for pancreatic cancer 

Event date: 
Tue, 28/08/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Edmund Blacket Lecture Theatre, Prince of Wales Hospital
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"At first a felt a bit funny about talking to a lady about my problems after my cancer treatment, but my doctor is really nice and really understanding.  Plus she is an oncologist so she understands all the medical stuff that goes along with cancer treatment so I didn't have to explain things to her the way I did to my GP.  I felt like she really understood where I was coming from and gave me some good strategies to help with my issues.  And she wrote a care plan and sent a copy to my GP as well, so hopefully now when I go to see him he will feel like he is better able to treat me."

Anthony, prostate cancer survivor
"At 26 I was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer... having survived this (thanks to a great medical team), I ‘floundered’ for many years with the resulting impact of early menopause, fertility issues and general fatigue. Even worse, I felt extreme guilt that I should be able to overcome these issues easily as I survived when others didn’t, I really didn’t have the right to ever complain again. This impacted directly on my confidence, self esteem and identity. ……I am now 46, have 2 children, a partner, a career and a good life.  However, the struggle I had undergone, in pretty much isolation, has been hard.  Even friends and family who were great during treatment felt I should ‘just move on’.  The establishment of this centre is a great comfort as it shows there is now a greater awareness of cancer survivor issues to hopefully ensure better long term support for people who have had cancer."

Melinda, ovarian cancer survivor 
"I am aware of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship and support them in their mission to find new and better ways to care for cancer survivors through research. With the high number of Australians now surviving cancer or living with ongoing cancer for many years, we need to better understand the health issues confronting this group and develop interventions to address their unique and often complex needs. As someone who has worked in the medical oncology setting for 20 years, I believe the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship is leading the way in this work."

Dr Elizabeth Hovey, MB BS FRACP MSC - Medical Oncologist, SESIAHS & UNSW, Prince of Wales Hospital
"As Director of the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of NSW, I have watched the development of the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship over the last few years. I strongly support the opportunity the Centre provides to bring together research focusing on survivors of childhood cancer with that focusing on adult survivors. In both areas it is clear that there are many unresolved challenges in understanding the health care needs of cancer survivors, and developing best practice interventions for both prevention and treatment of those problems. I believe wholeheartedly that the work that being undertaken through the Centre will benefit both kids and adult survivors people for many years to come."

Professor Glenn Marshall, AM, MB, BS, FRACP, MD Paediatric Haematologist & Oncologist, Director, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital