Survivorship 2019

Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko

Dr Elysia is a General Practitioner/Family Physician who cares for all age groups, genders and medical conditions including preventative health and wellness. Dr Elysia has a special interest in Oncology and Cancer Survivorship and has both personal and professional oncology experience. She has worked for various hospital oncology units, including 2 years in Radiation Oncology Specialty Training, in addition to 6 months as a community palliative care registrar. Dr Elysia has several research publications and was awarded a PhD for her Thesis which focused on enhancing edge detection in Breast Mammograms. Elysia currently works in a consulting and advisory capacity on a variety of Cancer Survivorship projects. She is a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee for the Harry McPaul Cancer Council NSW Program Grant ; A Cancer and Palliative Care and Breast Medicine Network Member, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests; A member of PC4 (The Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group); Multidisciplinary GP Review Board Member for the Re-Engage Study for childhood cancer survivors run out of the Behavioural Sciences Unit of the Kid’s Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, NSW; A Content Advisor for the Cancer Institute NSW EVIQ information sheets for GP Education regarding cancer patients during active treatment. Dr Elysia is passionate about Cancer Survivorship and believes there is a growing need for GP and community health professional involvement to support those that have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. This will ultimately lead to delivering optimal care to cancer survivors and their families while working cohesively alongside hospital oncology treatment teams. In this way, survivors and their families can thrive in the community with great support linkages and improved quality of life.


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