Just received word of a new breast cancer clinical trial : the PALLAS study, co-ordinated by the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group, is now open at the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre. The study is testing a new drug, Palbociclib, added to standard antihormone tablets in early stage breast cancer within 6 months of starting antihormone medications. If you feel this is relevant to you, you can contact the Cancer Centre for more information 4862 9470.
Cancer Services Directory 2017
Each year the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee provides the text for the Cancer Services Directory which is published by Southern Highland News as a free special booklet. The theme for this year’s issue will be palliative care. This is certainly a topical issue right now here in the Southern Highlands, as it is across NSW, so it is timely that we inform readers about the role of palliative care. The Southern Highland News will give notice of the actual date on which the issue of the paper will carry the booklet and it will also be announced in our Coming Events section on this blog.
Public meeting for Palliative Care, May 5th
A meeting will be held in May to provide up-to-date information about palliative care – what it is, what services are currently available, and how those services could be improved. There will also be a promotion of the “I care for Palliative Care” pledge which aims to highlight the need for increased resources in this area. The meeting will be open to the public and will be held from 10.30 am to 12 noon in the Henrietta Rose Room, Bendooley Street, Bowral, opposite the Library building. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in finding out about palliative care is urged to attend and show support for the call for greater resources.
Readers of this column may remember that last November I reported on the PEACH program. This stands for Palliative Extended Aged Care in the Home and the PEACH packages are designed to provide clinical care and support for people who wish to die at home or remain at home for as long as possible. To qualify, the patient needs to be assessed as eligible and to have a carer living with them.
Can Assist to meet at BDCU
A reminder that monthly meetings of Can Assist Southern Highlands branch are now held at the BDCU Alliance Bank, 411 Bong Bong Street, Bowral. Many thanks to BDCU for once again demonstrating its exceptional commitment to supporting members of its local community.
• Mount Kosciuszko Challenge, March 18. A fundraiser by Rare Cancers Australia, this involves a climb from Thredbo to the summit. To register, visit www.rarecancers.org.au
• Feel the March Charge. Walk or run, solo or team, for Cancer Council this March. See www.themarchcharge.com.au• Melanoma March – for details, visit website for Melanoma Institute.
• Breast Cancer Support Group, Mittagong RSL, 10am-12 noon, Wed. March 22
• Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day, March 22
• “Bounce Forward” program at SH Private Hospital, March 25-26. For information or a booking, contact Jo Pearson, Nursing Unit Manager, Cancer Centre 4862 9472.
• Southern Highlands Cancer Support Group meet at SH Private Hospital, 10-11.30 am, Tues. March 28. RSVP Katie on 4862 9469.
• Can Assist meeting 10am, April 13. Note new venue : BDCU, Bong Bong St, Bowral
• Palliative Care public meeting, Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral, 10.30 to 12 noon, May 5.
• National Palliative Care Week will be May 21-27.
Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or firstname.lastname@example.org