Appendix A: Supportive care domains

Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains: the physical domain, which includes a wide range of physical symptoms that may be acute, relatively short lived or ongoing, requiring continuing interventions or rehabilitation the psychological domain, which includes a range of issues related to the patient’s mental health wellbeing and personal relationships the…

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Appendix B: Psychological needs

Consider a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist, pastoral/spiritual care practitioner, social worker, specialist nurse or a relevant community-based program if the patient has these issues: displaying emotional cues such as tearfulness, distress that requires specialist intervention, avoidance or withdrawal being preoccupied with or dwelling on thoughts about cancer and death displaying fears about the treatment…

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Appendix D: Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies may be used together with conventional medical treatments to support and enhance quality of life and wellbeing. They do not aim to cure the patient’s cancer. Instead, they are used to help control symptoms such as pain and fatigue (Cancer Council Australia 2019). The lead clinician or health professional involved in the patient’s…

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Statement of acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging. This work is available from the Cancer Council website. First published in November 2014. This edition published in June 2021…

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Contributors and reviewers

Our thanks to the following health professionals, consumer representatives, stakeholders and organisations consulted in developing this optimal care pathway.

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Expert working group (this edition)

Professor Ian Kronborg, Gastroenterologist, Western Health (Chair) Dr Sarat Chander, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Dr Jessica Howell, Gastroenterologist, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, Burnet Institute Melbourne Professor Stuart Roberts, Hepatologist, Alfred Health and Monash University Professor William Sievert, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Monash Health Dr Manfred Spanger, Interventional Radiologist, Eastern Health…

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Expert working group (previous edition)

Dr Ian Kronborg, Head of Gastroenterology, Western Health (Chair) Ms Catherine Bradley, Social Work Team Leader, Surgery and Specialty, Austin Health Ms Elise Davies, Manager Cancer Strategy and Development, Department of Health, Victoria Professor Robert Jones, Liver Transplant Unit Director, Austin Health Ms Heather Jordan, Oncology Dietitian, Western Health Associate Professor Vijayaragavan Muralidharan, Hepatobiliary Surgeon,…

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Medical colleges and peak organisations invited to provide feedback

Advance Care Planning Australia Allied Health Professions Australia Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australia College of Physicians Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association Australian and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association Australian and New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology Australian and…

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People experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage

In general, people from lower socioeconomic groups are at greater risk of poor health, have higher rates of illness, disability and death, and live shorter lives than those from higher socioeconomic groups (AIHW 2016). People experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage are less likely to participate in screening programs, more likely to be obese, less likely to exercise…

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Optimal Care Pathways Steering Committee

Alfred Health Cancer Australia Cancer Council Victoria, Strategy and Support Division Department of Health Victoria, Commissioning and System Improvement Division, Cancer Unit Cancer Institute New South Wales Concord Repatriation General Hospital New South Wales Consumer representative National Cancer Expert Reference Group Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Other stakeholders consulted…

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