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CancerCare's free Connect Education Workshops are a way for people to learn about cancer-related issues from the convenience of their home or office. Leading experts in oncology provide the most up-to-date information in these workshops to help you and your loved ones better understand and cope with your cancer diagnosis, treatment options, quality-of-life concerns, treatment side effects, pain management, doctor-patient communication and other important topics.
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Melanoma Insights for Professionals

Melanoma Institute Australia

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Melanoma Insights for Professionals features interviews with leading melanoma specialists who translate the latest research and best practice into the everyday clinic setting. Developed by Melanoma Institute Australia, this series is for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals who want to be across the latest developments in melanoma. For more education, visit melanomaeducation.org.au.
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- Understanding the Future of Cancer Research & Clinical Trials- Increased Focus on Earlier Detection & Treatment of Cancer- Health Care Disparities Research- Enhanced Knowledge of the Molecular Portrait of Cancer- Artificial Intelligence (AI) Driven Approaches for Diagnosis & Treatment of Cancer- Microsatellite Instability (MSI): Mutations in DNA …
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- Disproportionate Burden of COVID & Cancer on People of Color- Social Determinants of Health, Including Languages Spoken & Health Literacy- Influence of the Local & Regional Environment in Which You Live on Your Access to Oncology Care- Effect of COVID on Health Care Systems- How Race May Impact Your Access to Cancer Treatment, Management of Treat…
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- Understanding Precision Medicine: Overview & Value of Precision Medicine- How Precision Medicine is Different from Targeted Treatments?- Precision Medicine Role’s in Informing Treatment Decisions: Predicting Response to Treatment- The Role of Precision Medicine in Deciding the Treatment for Lung Cancer, Leukemia & Colon Cancer- Talking with Your …
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Neoadjuvant immunotherapy is transforming patient care in the field of melanoma. New research recently presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is set to change melanoma treatment protocols globally, and likely to have significant impact on treatment for other cancers too. In this podcast, A/Prof Matt Carlino lea…
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Biomarkers are revolutionising our understanding of melanoma by providing valuable information about a patient's unique tumour characteristics which can help guide clinical decision making. In this podcast, A/Prof Alex Menzies leads a multidisciplinary discussion on the current state of biomarker application and future prospects of biomarkers in me…
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- Overview of Metastatic Melanoma, Including Diagnosing & Staging- New Treatment Approaches- Targeted Therapy & the Role of Precision Medicine- The Role of Immunotherapy- Clinical Trial Updates- Follow-Up Care- Tips for Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatments, Including Sun & Wind Safety Recommendations- Controlling Side Effects, Symptoms, Di…
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- Definition of a Caregiver- What Research Tells Us About Caregivers’ Well Being- Caregiving for an Older Adult- Caregiving for a Younger Adult- Couples, Partners, Siblings, & Friends- Challenges for Caregivers of Cancer Survivors- Family, Partner, & Friend Communication- Care Coordination Challenges & Tips- Stresses on Family, Partners, Friends, &…
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- How Being a Member of Diverse Communities May Impact Your Access to Oncology Care, Treatment, Management of Treatment Side Effects & Pain Management- What to Expect from Your Relationship with Your Health Care Team: Is Your Health Care Team Providing You with Equitable, Excellent Care- What to Consider When Selecting a Cancer Care Team & Treatmen…
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- Overview of Advanced Skin Cancers, Including Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Cancers- New Treatment Approaches- Emerging Role of Targeted Therapy- Clinical Trial Updates- Managing Treatment Side Effects, Discomfort & Pain- Tips for Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatments- Sun & Wind Safety Tips- Communicating with Your Health Care Team about Qua…
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- Overview of Common Eye & Vision Changes Related to Cancer Treatments- Discussion of Common Eye & Vision Changes, Including Causes & Risk Factors- Tips to Manage Dry Eyes, Watery Eyes, Itching Eyes, Blepharitis, Loss of Eyelashes, Changes in Vision, Cataracts, Floaters, & Flashing Lights- The Role of the Multidisciplinary Team- Tips to Manage Low …
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Mucosal melanoma is a rare and aggressive form of melanoma that arises from the mucous membrane. In this podcast, we focus on mucosal melanoma of the head and neck. Led by A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng, our multidisciplinary experts discuss how it differs from cutaneous melanoma, staging of mucosal melanoma, management of the disease and future treatments. T…
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- Overview of the Different Names for Biomarker Testing & Why They Can Be Helpful for Treatment- Tumor Marker Testing, Genomic Profiling, Genomic Sequencing, Molecular Profiling, Next Generation Sequencing- The Relationship Between Biomarker Testing & Precision Medicine- Types of Biomarker Tests for Cancer Treatment- Do I Need Biomarker Testing for…
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- Why Chemotherapy Causes Treatment Side Effects & Discomfort- Working with Your Healthcare Team to Better Understand & Cope with Potential Treatment Side Effects with a Plan to Manage or Prevent Them - Common Treatment Gastrointestinal (GI) Side Effects - You May Not Experience All of These - Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Vomiting, Mouth Sores, Stomat…
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- Overview and Definition of Biomarkers- What Are Some Examples of Biomarker Testing- How Biomarker Testing Provides Useful Information for Cancer Treatment - Why the Molecular Portrait of Cancer Is So Important- The Role of the Pathologist- Benefits of Biomarker Testing & Precision Medicine- Predicting Response to Treatment- Clinical Trials: How R…
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- Unique Needs of Young Adult Cancer Survivors- Identity, Relationships & Intimacy- Dating- Couples/Partners Dealing with Survivorship- Communicating about Sex- Sexuality & Intimacy- Sex Drive: Ability & Desire- Tips to Deal with Vaginal Dryness, Premature Menopause, Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation & Sperm Banking- Low Desire: How to Ge…
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- Overview of Cancer & the LGBTQI+ Community, Including HIV & HPV- The LGBTQI+ Community’s Disproportionate Cancer Burden- Addressing the LGBTQI+ Health Disparities Gap, Including Mistrust of Health Care Providers- Barriers to Health Care Access, Including Discrimination- Health Care, Cancer Screening, Palliative and Supportive Care, Affordable Hou…
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- Overview of Young Adults Living with Cancer, including Delays in Diagnosis- Where to Seek Cancer Treatment: Selecting Your Oncology Health Care Team, Including Young Adult Cancer Programs- The Importance of Treatment Summaries- Follow-Up with Your Oncologist & Primary Care Doctor- Managing Post Treatment Side Effects/Late Effects- Talking with th…
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Diagnostic uncertainty in the context of cutaneous melanoma can have significant impact on patient care. In this podcast, our multidisciplinary experts, led by Dr Adrian Quek, discuss the challenges faced in classifying melanocytic lesions that fall into a diagnostic grey area, and explore the terminology, evolving classifications and the impact of…
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- Overview of Cancer Survivorship, in the Context of COVID- Managing Post Treatment Side Effects/Late Effects- Quality-of-Life Concerns- Fear of Recurrence- Finding Your New Normal- The Importance of Treatment Summaries & Encounter Notes- Follow-Up with Your Oncologist & Primary Care Doctor, including Discussion of Health Screening & Concerns- Guid…
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With the advent of effective medical therapies for melanoma, a pertinent question has arisen: When should we scan our patients? In this podcast, our multidisciplinary experts, led by A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng, discuss the balance of whether we should be more aggressive in our pursuit of identifying potential metastases or exercise caution to avoid unnece…
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- Lung Cancer- The Art and Science of Cancer Care from Comfort to Cure- Lymphoma- The Important Role of Clinical Trials: How Research Increases Treatment Options- Colorectal Cancer- Quality-of-Life Issues: Managing Treatment Side Effects, Symptoms, Discomfort & Pain- Pancreatic Cancer- Supportive Care - Leukemia- Communicating with Your Health Care…
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Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) plays a key role in assessing the prognosis of melanomas. In this fireside chat from our new SNB Training Program (Sentinel Node Biopsy: From guidelines to practice), MIA’s Prof Georgina Long AO, Prof John Thompson AO and A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng discuss: the history of SNB in the management of melanoma its current role in the…
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- How Being a Member of Diverse Communities May Impact Your Access to Oncology Care, Treatment, Management of Treatment Side Effects & Pain Management - What to Expect from Your Relationship with Your Health Care Team: Is Your Health Care Team Providing You with Equitable, Excellent Care?- What to Consider When Selecting a Cancer Care Team & Treatm…
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- Overview & Definition of Biomarkers & Diagnostic Technologies- How Biomarkers & Diagnostic Technologies Shape & Improve Treatment Decisions- Why the Molecular Portrait of Cancer is Important- The Role of the Pathologist- Benefits of Biomarkers, Precision Medicine & Diagnostic Technologies- Predicting Response to Treatment- Clinical Trials: How Re…
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- Overview of Cancer & the LGBTQI+ Community, including HIV & HPV- The LGBTQI+ Community’s Disproportionate Cancer Burden- Addressing the LGBTQI+ Health Disparities Gap, including Mistrust of Health Care Providers- Barriers to Health Care Access, including Discrimination- Health Care, Cancer Screening, Palliative & Supportive Care, Affordable Housi…
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- Overview of Clinical Trials & Why They Are Important, in the Context of COVID, Omicron & Seasonal Flu- Understanding Your Treatment Options, including Clinical Trials- Concerns about Participating in Clinical Trials- Types of Clinical Trials- What Happens in a Clinical Trial?- The Meaning of Informed Consent- Benefits & Risks of Participation- Ho…
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- Overview of Cancer Treatments- Definition of Adherence: Taking Your Pills on Schedule- Its Important Role in Managing Cancer- Barriers to Taking Your Pills- Practical Tips to Overcome These Barriers, including Family, Partners & Others- Computer, Tablet & Phone Reminders including Emails, Texts & Apps- Planning Ahead: Lead Time in Refilling Presc…
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- How to Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones from COVID, Omicron & Delta Variants- COVID Vaccines & Booster Vaccines- Other Vaccines - Flu, Pneumococcal & Shingles Vaccines- COVID & People Living with Cancer- Where to Find Reliable Information Regarding this Pandemic & Its Variants- How to Protect Yourself, Loved Ones & Children from COVID & Its Var…
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- Disproportionate Burden of COVID, Omicron & Cancer on People of Color - Social Determinants of Health, including Language Spoken & Health Literacy - Influence of the Local & Regional Environment in Which You Live - Effect of COVID & Omicron on Health Care Systems - How Race May Impact Your Access to Oncology Care, Treatment, Management of Treatme…
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- Overview of Metastatic Melanoma, including Diagnosing and Staging, in the Context of COVID & Omicron- New Treatment Approaches- Targeted Therapy & the Role of Precision Medicine- The Role of Immunotherapy- Clinical Trial Updates- Follow-Up Care- Tips for Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatments- Controlling Side Effects, Symptoms, Discomfort…
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- Overview of Cancer Survivorship- Managing Post Treatment Side Effects/Late Effects- Quality-of-Life Concerns- Fear of Recurrence- Finding Your New Normal- The Importance of Treatment Summaries- Follow-Up with Your Oncologist & Primary Care Doctor, including Discussion of Health Screening & Concerns- Guidelines to Prepare for Telehealth/Telemedici…
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- Definition of a Caregiver- What Research Tells Us About Caregivers’ Well Being- Caregiving for an Older Adult- Caregiving for a Younger Adult- Couples, Partners, Siblings & Friends- Challenges of Caregivers for Cancer Survivors- Family, Partners & Friend Communication- Care Coordinator Challenges & Tips- Stresses on Family, Partners, Friends & Lo…
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- Overview of Immunotherapy, in the Context of COVID, Omicron & Seasonal Flu- Harnessing the Immune System in Treating Cancers, including Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Melanoma & Lymphoma - Clinical Trial Updates: How Research Contributes to Your Treatment Options- Examples of Immunotherapy in Prevention, Treatment & Recurrence Prevention of Cancer- …
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Our latest podcast explores the innovative approach of neoadjuvant immunotherapy - administering checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy before the surgical removal of melanoma. This promising approach is creating a buzz among multidisciplinary clinicians and researchers globally as the potential benefits for melanoma patients are being realised. Althou…
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Lentigo maligna – a subtype of in situ melanoma – presents diagnostic and treatment challenges for clinicians. In this podcast, Dr Michael Rtshiladze leads a multidisciplinary discussion to unravel our understanding of the pathology, diagnosis and management of lentigo maligna, including: clinical and histological presentation tools to diagnose and…
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- Overview & Definition of Diagnostic Technologies & Biomarkers in the Context of COVID-19 - How Diagnostic Technologies & Biomarkers Shape & Improve Treatment Decisions - Why the Molecular Portrait of Cancer is Important - The Role of the Pathologist - Benefits of Diagnostic Technologies, Biomarkers & Precision Medicine - Predicting Response to Tr…
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Despite recent advances in management of primary uveal melanoma, more than half of patients develop metastatic disease – often with poor outcomes. New therapeutic approaches to metastatic disease are vital. In this podcast, A/Prof Matteo Carlino interviews fellow Medical Oncologist Prof Georgina Long AO and Ophthalmologist A/Prof Max Conway on our …
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Treating clinicians rely on pathology to help diagnose and stage their patient which fundamentally determines the treatment management plan. Therefore, it is incredibly important to get it right in the first place. In this engaging podcast aimed at GPs, our multidisciplinary experts discuss: Why can it be challenging to get the pathology right? Wha…
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- Overview of Common Eye & Vision Changes Related to Cancer Treatments- Discussion of Common Eye & Vision Changes, including Causes & Risk Factors- Tips to Manage Dry Eyes, Watery Eyes, Itching Eyes, Blepharitis, Loss of Eyelashes, Changes in Vision, Cataracts, Floaters & Flashing Lights- The Role of the Multidisciplinary Team- Tips to Manage Low V…
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- How ASCO Advances Equitable Cancer Care Through Innovations- Lung Cancer- Colorectal Cancer- Quality-of-Life Issues- Pancreas Cancer- Supportive Care Issues- Lymphoma- Leukemia- Oral and Head and Neck Cancer- Melanoma- Wrap-Up of Part II
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The role of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma is pivotal to optimal patient care. With so many disciplines relying on the pathologist for accurate diagnoses and critical pathological information, we decided to reach out to our clinical melanoma community to ask them for their critical pathology questions. In this podcast, Prof Jo…
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- Overview of Chemotherapy Treatment Side Effects & Discomfort, in the Context of COVID-19 and its Variants - Working with Your Healthcare Team to Prevent & Manage Treatment Side Effects - Common Treatment Side Effects - How Your Health Care Team Prevents & Manages Treatment Side Effects, in the Context of COVID-19 - The Role of the Oncology Nurse …
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- Overview of Clinical Trials and Why They Are Important, in the Context of COVID-19 & Its Variants- Understanding Your Treatment Options, including Clinical Trials- Concerns about Participating in Clinical Trials- Types of Clinical Trials- What Happens in a Clinical Trial?- The Meaning of Informed Consent- Benefits and Risks of Participation, in t…
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Cancer drugs have rapidly evolved in the last decade. Alongside the significant benefits are new toxicity profiles that clinicians need to be aware of and manage. In this podcast, A/Prof Carlino interviews fellow Medical Oncologist Prof Georgina Long AO on the adverse events/toxicities associated with targeted therapies (combination BRAF/MEK inhibi…
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- Review of Types of Skin Cancers in People of Color- The Importance of Regular Visits to the Dermatologist to Check Your Skin to Detect Skin Cancers Early- The Importance of Early Detection of Skin Cancer- New Treatment Approaches- Emerging Role of Precision Medicine, Biomarkers & Targeted Therapy- Clinical Trial Updates- How Research Increases Yo…
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- Overview of Cancer Treatments- Definition of Adherence: Taking Your Pills on Schedule- Its Important Role in Managing Cancer- Barriers to Taking Your Pills- Practical Tips to Overcome These Barriers, including Family, Partners & Others- Computer, Tablet & Phone Reminders including Emails, Texts & Apps- Planning Ahead: Lead Time in Refilling Presc…
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- Overview of Cancer Survivorship, in the Context of COVID-19 & Its Variants- Managing Post Treatment Side Effects/Late Effects- Quality-of-Life Concerns- Fear of Recurrence- Finding Your New Normal- The Importance of Treatment Summaries- The Increasing Role of Telehealth/Telemedicine Appointments- Follow-Up with Your Oncologist & Primary Care Doct…
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- Managing the Side Effects of Immunotherapy- How the Side Effects of Immunotherapy Differ from Chemotherapy Side Effects- Review of Potential Side Effects with Guidelines for Follow-Up Care- Managing Rash & Dry Skin- Tips to Cope with Flu-Like Symptoms, including Fever- Dealing with Fatigue- Controlling Diarrhea- Reporting Treatment Side Effects &…
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- Overview of Metastatic Melanoma, including Diagnosing and Staging, in the Context of COVID-19 and Its Variants- New Treatment Approaches- Targeted Therapy & the Role of Precision Medicine- The Role of Immunotherapy- Clinical Trial Updates, in the Context of COVID-19- Follow-Up Care- Tips for Caring for Your Skin During Cancer Treatments, includin…
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- Disproportionate Burden of COVID-19 & Its Variants & Cancer on People of Color- Social Determinants of Health, including Language Spoken & Health Literacy- Influence of the Local & Regional Environment in Which You Live- Effect of COVID-19 & Its Variants on Health Care Systems- How Race May Impact Your Access to Oncology Care, Treatment, Manageme…
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