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New data: more than 8 out of 10 childhood cancer survivors struggle with health problems later in life

New data reveals that over 81 per cent of childhood cancer survivors develop at least one life-changing mental or physical health issue after cancer treatment received as a child1 Late physical effects include heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis. Many survivors also experience serious psychological late effects, with almost 50 per cent of survivors reporting anxiety…

Regional women bridge the breast reconstruction divide

Increasing proportions of regional Queensland women who had a mastectomy after breast cancer are undergoing reconstructive surgery, bridging a historical divide between the city and the country. Geographic distance has long been a barrier discouraging some regional Queensland women from seeking reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. The joint Cancer Council and Mater Medical Centre study,…

World first prostate cancer surgery trial

In a world first trial Australian researchers have found robotic surgery for prostate cancer is no more effective than open prostatectomy at 12 weeks after surgery, contrary to widespread clinical advice. Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer has been rapidly adopted by health professionals over the past 16 years and is now the dominant surgical approach…

New study to improve sex lives of men with prostate cancer

Cancer Council is calling on men affected by prostate cancer to take part in a global study assessing the sexual health concerns of survivors, helping improve life after treatment. Research shows one-third of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer have unmet sexuality and sexual health needs following treatment. Specifically, rates of erectile dysfunction in prostate…

Australian childhood cancer deaths drop sharply

Childhood cancer death rates in Australia have decreased by nearly 40 per cent over the past 15 years, new Cancer Council figures show. The national figures, examining 30 year trends, will be released at the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) Annual Scientific Meeting in Cairns today. Cancer Council Queensland Head of Research…

High intensity exercise improves the health of bowel cancer survivors

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High intensity exercise is significantly more effective in improving the health of bowel cancer survivors than moderate intensity exercise, a new study has found. The UQ, Cancer Council and Griffith University study* is the first to compare the different effects of moderate and high intensity exercise on fitness and body composition in any cancer survivorship…

3D models mimic cells to fight aggressive ovarian cancer

Queensland researchers are using 3D models to mimic cancer cells in women with aggressive ovarian tumours, in a bid to improve treatment for those diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Cancer Council Queensland has awarded $200,000 of funding over two years to a team of researchers at QUT to target enzymes that cause cancer cells to resist…

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