I am delighted to welcome you to the fourth national Cancer Survivorship Conference.
Following three successful events in Adelaide, we listened to your feedback and have decided to host the 2019 conference in Sydney, on 28-29 March 2019. The move gives us an opportunity for a change of perspective and a chance to bring the meeting closer to some of you!
The fruitful partnership between the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer and COSA ensures this national conference reflects the latest developments in research and care of relating to cancer survivorship. We pride ourselves on creating a conference that engages clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and consumers in one collegial and collaborative forum.
In 2019 we hope to be thought provoking and a bit provocative as well! And that’s why we are focussing on the theme of “Future of Cancer Survivorship: Evolution or Revolution?” The last 20 years have witnessed a significant evolution of the field of survivorship. But is it enough? Are there aspects where a revolution is in the making? We recognise of course that revolutions are not usually designed – they are often spontaneous, arising in response to pressing challenges that cannot be solved in a traditional way – but aren’t these just the challenges that cancer survivors grapple with?
The Committee is developing a program that we hope will engage our broad audience and perhaps revolutionise a thing or two–Sessions will feature topics such as:
• Cost of cancer – at an individual and societal level
• Cardio-toxicity of cancer treatment and cardiovascular disease after cancer
• Sexuality and cancer
• Support of carers and family needs
• Living with cancer recurrence.
and (of course) some art to feast the senses.
So come to be part of the revolution for better cancer survivorship! Join us for the deliberations, contribute to the discussion and help us make this meeting even better than the last one.
We look forward to seeing you in Sydney next March.
Bogda Koczwara AM, BM BS FRACP MBioethics FAICD
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