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Exercise and Cancer

November 28, 2018

In this live webinar, Associate Professor Prue Cormie, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer, will discuss the importance of exercising for people living with cancer and the practicalities of how to exercise. Professor Cormie aims to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.

Julie Vickers, a 62 year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 3c Primary Peritoneal cancer in April 2015 will share her experience of exercise since her cancer diagnosis. Julie has recently undergone radiation therapy to treat a recurrence and believes that exercise has been extremely important to her since being diagnosed with cancer. Since participating in regular physical activity Julie has never felt stronger and is very grateful to feel so well three and half years after her diagnosis.

Fear of Recurrence

August 16, 2018

One of the most common worries women have after finishing cancer treatment is fearing their cancer will come back. For some women, this fear is worse than for others and although most women say the fear lessens over time, it can have a huge impact on their day to day life at the time, as well as those around them. This webinar will provide information on fear of recurrence for women with ovarian cancer including why women are fearful, types of fears and feeling uncertain about the future. It will also provide some advice for managing fears.
Dr Maria Ftanou, clinical psychologist, Clinical Psychology Department at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne will talk about what this anxiety around fear of recurrence is, when it may arise and some techniques to help manage the fear.
Dr Ben Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute and UNSW Australia will talk about the latest research regarding the impact and management of fear of cancer recurrence in people affected by ovarian cancer and cancer more generally.
Ms Jan Antony, who was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer in 2008 will share her experiences and thoughts on how she manages her fears of recurrence.

Thank you for to AbbVie who have provided the funding required for the delivery of this webinar.

Love in the time of cancer: self-esteem, intimacy, sexuality after an ovarian cancer diagnosis

March 28, 2018

Sexual issues and challenges are common among women with ovarian cancer and are often not talked about. This webinar focuses on the sexual challenges and issues faced by women with ovarian cancer, including sexual dysfunction and the impact this may have on quality of life.

Watch this webinar to hear from Dr Haryana Dhillon (Senior Research Fellow in Cancer Survivorship at the Centre for Medical Psychology, University of Sydney), who will talk about the role of sexual communication, navigating changed or new sexual practices, and how to access support. Dr Dhillion will be joined by Nadia Addabbo and Maureen Winship, who will discuss the challenges they have faced around relationships, body image and self-esteem since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Young women with ovarian cancer: emotional impact and early menopause

November 21, 2017

In this webinar, Professor Martha Hickey, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and Head of Menopause Unit, The Women’s Hospital, Melbourne talks about the effects of surgical menopause including infertility and the psycho-social impact this has on young women. Doctor Brendha Pillay, a clinical psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre focuses on body image, feeling isolated and the impact that being diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at a relatively young age has on relationships with family and friends. We also hear from Doctor Francine Marques, a young women who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in her early thirties. She shares her experience of being diagnosed and living with ovarian cancer at such a young age.

‘About Us’ supporting the health and wellbeing of carers

April 3, 2016

In this webinar Carers Victoria educator and trainer, Jennifer Daddow and Sarah Tidey, who is living with ovarian cancer, and Sarah’s mum and carer Jackie, were the guest speakers at Ovarian Cancer Australia’s April webinar, ‘About Us: supporting the health and well being of carers and the person they are caring for’.


October 27, 2016

In this webinar Dr Jefford shares his extensive expertise in the area of cancer and survivorship. He addresses what’s meant by ‘survivorship’ and how it applies to women living with ovarian cancer. Dr Jefford discusses the medical and psycho-social issues that people face in the period following initial diagnosis and treatment, and shares strategies that may assist during this time.

Dr Jefford shares recent improvements and changes in survivorship care in Australia, and provides details of additional resources and supports.

This webinar also features Jan Antony who shares her personal experience of survivorship when living with ovarian cancer.

Living with hope and uncertainty – the emotional impact of diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer

October 5, 2016

In this webinar Dr Carrie Lethborg discusses this wide range of emotions that arise from a cancer diagnosis, from disbelief to distress, anxiety, anger and uncertainty. And Dr Lethborg shares approaches women living with ovarian cancer might find useful to cope with, and discuss, their diagnosis.

This webinar also features Diane Gardiner, OAM, who shares her personal experiences of living with the hope and uncertainty that surrounds ovarian cancer, the emotional impact of a diagnosis and the emotional impact of ovarian cancer treatment.

Communication and Cancer; talking to your treatment team and loved ones

In this webinar Clinical Psychologist Dr Katharine Hodgkinson shares techniques for open communication and discusses how best to discuss concerns and questions with your medical team. Dr Hodgkinson offers strategies for keeping an effective record of your treatment and appointments, and discusses how to talk about cancer with your family, including age-appropriate ways of talking about cancer with children.

Dr Hodgkinson also touches on how much to share of your cancer experience with your larger network and how best to respond to comments or advice which may be hurtful or discomforting.

This webinar also features Denise Firth who shares her personal experience of communicating with her ovarian cancer treatment team, and her family and friends.

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