in the Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania
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Colon cancer is one of the most commonly occurring forms of internal cancer, and the second most common cause of cancer-related death, after lung cancer. Around 80 Australians die of the disease each week. It will affect one in twenty people in their lifetime, and currently has a mortality rate of 50%. Colon cancer is a serious disease, but if cancer or precursor colonic polyps are diagnosed early, it is often curable. Surgery offers the only chance of cure in detected cancers, while chemotherapy and radiotherapy may offer both cure and symptom control in more advances cases.
Dr Scott Fanning: Colonic Polyps and Cancers – A Gastroenterologist’s Perspective
Dr Fanning will provide an overview of colonic polyps and cancer, a brief summary of genetic pathways, and will discuss endoscopic assessment, classification and treatment options.
Dr Fanning runs a busy practice based at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, and is Visiting Gastroenterologist at the Launceston General Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Hung Nguyen: Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
Dr Nguyen will present some rationales and historical perspectives on the surgical treatment of colorectal cancer, looking also at current research and future directions in surgical techniques.
Dr Nguyen has been a colorectal surgeon in Launceston since 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and has acted as an Examiner for RACS Fellowship examinations.
Dr Mark Bell: Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
Dr Bell will outline the evolution of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for both cure and symptom control in colorectal cancer, particularly in relation to patients presenting with more advanced disease.
Dr Bell is a Radiation Oncologist working at Launceston General Hospital, Mersey Community Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Radiation Oncologists.