Case Report 03 December 2013 Dr Robert Hitchins

Melanoma strikes hard

Gary, a healthy, 34-year-old, fair-headed man, presented to his GP after his wife noticed a mole on his back that seemed to have darkened, sometimes leaving spots of blood in their bed. Biopsy confirmed a clinical diagnosis of melanoma.
Case Report 19 November 2013 Samantha Brazzale

Creative eating

Harriet is a 44-year-old nurse currently undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Since commencing treatment, Harriet has experienced severe nausea and vomiting, and a decreased appetite, all of which have significantly reduced her oral intake.
Case Report 05 November 2013 Dr Robert Hitchins

Informed decisions on colorectal cancer treatment

Sylvia, a previously well 64-year-old presented recently with altered bowel habits. There was no associated weight loss and no personal or family history of note. She took no regular medications.
Case Report 01 October 2013 Dr Robert Hitchins

Drugs on trial

Case Peter, a 65-year-old man, was diagnosed with localised prostate cancer five years ago (PSA 30, Gleason Score 8, T3b disease) and initially treated with radiotherapy plus a short-term leuprorelin depot regimen.
Therapy Update 13 August 2013 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Polyphenols may benefit the prostate

High dietary fat, red meat and dairy intake,2,3 smoking, and lowered fruit and vegetable intake4 can increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Therapy Update 08 August 2013 Dr Benjamin Cowie

Preventing liver cancer

Monitoring patients with hepatitis B is crucial to stop the development of liver cancer. Hepatitis B is a diverse illness ­— both in terms of the ways the disease manifests and the broad range of communities it affects in Australia.
Therapy Update 23 July 2013 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Don’t ignore the impact of lifestyle

This follows the widespread media coverage of actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a bilateral mastectomy to reduce her risk after testing positive for BRCA1 gene mutation in view of her mother’s history of dying of breast cancer.
Therapy Update 18 April 2013 Dr Maureen Rogers

Digital tumours

Lesions on a patient's hands and feet can point to a wide range of systemic conditions. A variety of conditions may present as digital tumours. A selection is presented here.
Therapy Update 20 August 2012 Dr Robert Hitchins

To screen or not to screen?

Most people readily accept the logic of screening for disease to facilitate earlier detection and yield better treatment outcomes. The idea of cancer screening seems particularly compelling given the great fear that exists regarding malignant disease.
Therapy Update 20 July 2012 Dr Leila Cusak, Dr Meagan Brennan

Menopausal symptoms after breast cancer

Breast cancer affects one in nine Australian women and while its incidence is increasing, survival rates are also improving.1 This means that many women live with the effects of cancer and its treatment, including menopausal symptoms, for many years.