Gastro-intestinal cancer forum spreads awareness

EXPERTS, family members and patients of gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer gathered for a free community forum in Hobart recently to discuss new research, treatment and management of the disease.

Held at The Old Woolstore and organised by the GI Cancer Institute, the forum provided an opportunity for GI cancer survivors, patients and carers to hear from leading professionals about the latest advancements in treatments and medical research.

Presentations were delivered by medical oncologists Dr David Boadle and Dr Louise Nott, as well as exercise physiologist Jessica Webb.

Also present were gastro-intestinal cancer patients Debbie Dunn and Felicity Walker, who shared their experiences with GI cancer.

Ms Dunn said the forum played a large role in assisting those grappling with a GI diagnosis.

“A GI cancer journey is challenging and sometimes people don’t know where to turn for information and advice,” she said.

“These forums offer a place to find trustworthy and practical information and hear from others who have travelled the same road.”

Ms Walker said the forum was “essential” to learn more about the latest treatments and research, as well as meet others affected by GI cancer.

In addition to the speakers, attendees were also able to speak to local health services exhibiting at the forum, including Cancer Council Tasmania, Carers Tasmania, Look Good…Feel Better and the Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Caption : Narrative Centre mediator and therapist Debbie Dunn spoke about her experiences with bowel cancer at the free gastro-intestinal cancer forum in Hobart on Wednesday 16 March. Photo credit: Paul Redding Photographer Hobart.

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