Optimal Care Pathways Steering Committee

Cancer Australia Cancer Council Victoria Cancer Institute New South Wales Consumer representatives Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Strategy and Development Monash University North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre The University of Melbourne Wyong Hospital

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Expert working group

Prof. Peter Choong (Chair), Surgeon, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Mr Naveed Alam, Thoracic Surgeon, St Vincent’s Hospital Lauren Atkins, Dietitian, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Dr Susie Bae, Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Victoria Bartlett, Orthotist/Prothetist, St Vincent’s Hospital Mandy Basson, Consumer representative, Sock it to Sarcoma!, Western Australia Prof. Richard Carey-Smith, Surgeon, Perth Orthopaedic…

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Medical colleges and peak organisations invited to provide feedback

Allied Health Professions Australia Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Care Australian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australian College of Nursing Australian Institute of Radiography Australian Medical Association Australian Orthopaedic Association Australasian Sarcoma Study Group Medical Oncology Group of Australia Royal Australasian College of Physicians Royal Australasian College of Surgeons…

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5.3 Research and clinical trials

All patients with sarcoma should be offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial or clinical research if appropriate (Field et al. 2013). Cross-referral between clinical trials centres should be encouraged to facilitate participation. Australasian Sarcoma Study Group is a national cooperative cancer clinical research group. It coordinates large-scale multi-centred sarcoma trials. Australian Cancer…

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Appendix A: Supportive care

Supportive care in cancer refers to the following five domains: physical domain, which includes a wide range of physical symptoms that may be acute, relatively short-lived or ongoing, requiring continuing interventions or rehabilitation (NBCC & NCCI 2003) psychological domain, which includes a range of issues related to the person’s mental health and personal relationships (NBCC…

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6.2 Multidisciplinary team

In those patients with recurrent or residual disease there should be timely referral to the original multidisciplinary team (where possible) and thereby quick access to specialist input into care.

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6.4 Palliative care

The lead clinician should ensure patients receive timely and appropriate referral to palliative care services. Referral should be based on need rather than prognosis. Patients may be referred to palliative care at initial diagnosis. Patients should be referred to palliative care at the first recurrence or progression. Carer needs may prompt referral. Early referral to…

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Culturally and linguistically diverse communities

For people from diverse backgrounds in Australia, a cancer diagnosis can come with additional complexities, particularly when English proficiency is poor. In some languages there is not a direct translation of the word ‘cancer’, which can make communicating vital information difficult. Perceptions of cancer and related issues can differ greatly in those from culturally diverse…

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