Research Breakfast by the Beach

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Cancer Council Hunter Region will host a Researcher Breakfast by the Beach on Friday 14 November with leading local researcher Professor Katherine Clarke. Professor Clark is a Conjoint Professor of the University of Newcastle.

Together with her clinical work, Professor Clark’s research predominantly focuses on improving the evidence base from which symptoms in palliative care patients are managed and caring for people in the terminal phases of life, regardless of whether people have been referred to the palliative care service or not.

The breakfast aims to provide community members with information about how cancer research is improving care and management for those in palliative care and how palliative care is managed in the Hunter region Cancer Council NSW has funded close to $16 million in cancer research in 2013, the largest non-Government financial contributor of cancer research in NSW. In the Hunter Region, Cancer Council has funded $4.3m of research grants to local researchers in the last 5 years.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this event to showcase this topical and important subject and to highlight Professor Clark’s research right here in the Hunter” said Shayne Connell, Regional Manager at Cancer Council NSW.

“By supporting the best ideas and the best people in cancer research, we are driving major advances in research to ensure no cancer is ignored” added Shayne.

The number of people who pass away from cancer has dropped dramatically with some of the largest reductions in mortality rate in lung cancer (34%), bowel (48%), breast (33%) and stomach (47%) cancers.

“All research funded by Cancer Council NSW has been made possible thanks to the support of the local community, through events such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and Relay for Life” added Shayne.

The breakfast will be held at Cooks Hill Surf Club, Bar Beach from 7am. A light breakfast is provided and entry is free, funded by Cancer Council NSW. There are only a few tickets left and registration is essential, call Sue Russell on (02) 4923 0700 or email srussell@nswcc.org.au. All are welcome to attend.