Swan Hill Distric Health Gets First Ever Cancer Clinical Trial

A Peter Mac clinical trial has opened in Swan Hill for the first time, showing living in regional Victoria need not be a barrier to accessing the very latest in cancer care.


The trial – staged with support from Swan Hill District Health and Bendigo Health – involves DNA testing of patients to identify those at risk of an adverse reaction to chemotherapy. This allows chemo doses to be tailored for these patients.


The trial is led by Peter Mac’s Professor Michael Michael and Clinical Pharmacist Sarah Glewis. Patients provide a cheek swab and the DNA test looks for gene variants known to influence their tolerability to common chemotherapy agents.
“Patients who may experience severe adverse reactions to chemotherapy may have altered genes which prevent the breakdown of commonly used chemotherapy agents,” Professor Michael said.


“Genetic testing can identify these at-risk patients, and telehealth is now making it possible to offer personalised cancer care like this to patients no matter where they live.”


The trial is open to patients with breast, bladder, bowel, cervical, head and neck, oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach cancers. Ms Glewis said the trial may also help discover new gene variants that also affect chemotherapy risk.


“This testing is already being offered at Peter Mac in Melbourne and we’re delighted to partner with Swan Hill District Health – with the support of Bendigo Health – to expand this trial to patients in regional Victoria,” she said.


Swan Hill District Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Abraham said clinical trials typically meant travel and extended stays away from home for the region’s residents.“

“We are fortunate that community members of the local Swan Hill region will be able benefit from such cutting-edge medical advancements in cancer care through clinical trial opportunities such as this one,” Mr Abraham said.


The trial is also open to patients treated at Bendigo Hospital (via Bendigo Health) and Albury (Border Medical Oncology). For detail see the “Pharmacogenomics guided dosing of anticancer therapies for patients with cancer” trial on the ANZ clinical trials registry.


Interested patients should ask their oncologist about the trial, or for general queries call Ms Glewis on 03 8559 5628.

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Swan Hill Distric Health Gets First Ever Cancer Clinical Trial

A Peter Mac clinical trial has opened in Swan Hill for the first time, showing living in regional Victoria need not be a barrier to accessing the very latest in cancer care.


The trial – staged with support from Swan Hill District Health and Bendigo Health – involves DNA testing of patients to identify those at risk of an adverse reaction to chemotherapy. This allows chemo doses to be tailored for these patients.


The trial is led by Peter Mac’s Professor Michael Michael and Clinical Pharmacist Sarah Glewis. Patients provide a cheek swab and the DNA test looks for gene variants known to influence their tolerability to common chemotherapy agents.
“Patients who may experience severe adverse reactions to chemotherapy may have altered genes which prevent the breakdown of commonly used chemotherapy agents,” Professor Michael said.


“Genetic testing can identify these at-risk patients, and telehealth is now making it possible to offer personalised cancer care like this to patients no matter where they live.”


The trial is open to patients with breast, bladder, bowel, cervical, head and neck, oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach cancers. Ms Glewis said the trial may also help discover new gene variants that also affect chemotherapy risk.


“This testing is already being offered at Peter Mac in Melbourne and we’re delighted to partner with Swan Hill District Health – with the support of Bendigo Health – to expand this trial to patients in regional Victoria,” she said.


Swan Hill District Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Abraham said clinical trials typically meant travel and extended stays away from home for the region’s residents.“

“We are fortunate that community members of the local Swan Hill region will be able benefit from such cutting-edge medical advancements in cancer care through clinical trial opportunities such as this one,” Mr Abraham said.


The trial is also open to patients treated at Bendigo Hospital (via Bendigo Health) and Albury (Border Medical Oncology). For detail see the “Pharmacogenomics guided dosing of anticancer therapies for patients with cancer” trial on the ANZ clinical trials registry.


Interested patients should ask their oncologist about the trial, or for general queries call Ms Glewis on 03 8559 5628.

The Primary Health Medical Centre are pleased to announce the arrival of their new Automated Total Body Mapping machine (high-tech FotoFinder system).

This allows for full body photographic records that are available for comparison at a later date such that changes to skin lesions are detected early.  The system also uses revolutionary artificial intelligence technology to assist detection and augment diagnosis.

Why should I see a Dr ?

It is the most common form of cancer.  The good news:  skin cancer is in general both easy to identify and – in the early stages – easy to treat.  Early detection minimizes the severity of the disease.  For this reason, you should let a doctor check you regularly.

Am I a high-risk patient?

If you can answer ‘Yes” to any of these questions, please make an appointment.

  • Do you have fa light skin type that is sensitive to the sun?
  • Do you have a lot of pigmentation marks?
  • Do you have large congenital pigmentation marks?
  • Do you have atypical birthmarks or those that have recently changed?
  • Did you get sunburn as a child or teenager?
  • Have you already developed skin cancer yourself?
  • Are you regularly exposed to strong sunlight?

For more information or make an appointment contact the Primary Health Medical Centre on Ph: 03 5033 9900

Swan Hill District Health provides a number of services in the area of cancer care; our care is designed to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for patient and families with a greater focus on overall care including physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  We have a team of visiting Medical Oncologists from the Bendigo Cancer Centre that come to Swan Hill once a month to provide face to face services for their clients without the concern of having to travel.  Whilst your care may not be under the Bendigo Cancer Centre we also have a number of other services to assist cancer patients and there families in the Swan Hill region.

Chemotherapy

Staffed by specialist chemotherapy nurses, under the guidance of Bendigo Cancer Centre oncologist’s. Available from Tuesday—Friday.

Telehealth Oncology

Along side the monthly oncology visit we also provide monthly telehealth session between client/family oncologist and chemotherapy nurses.

McGrath Breast Care Nursing Services

Service managed by a specialist breast care nurse. Provides supportive care for clients and families following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Available Monday to Thursday with alternate Tuesdays.

Cancer Care Coordinator

Provides supportive care for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. There as a support, advocate and contact for patients and families, when diagnosed with cancer. Available Tuesday – Thursday.

Lymphoedema Services

Run by a lymphodema trained physiotherapist where patients are provided with education and management advice for those people with or at risk of lymphedema.

Oncology Exercise Group

Offered to patients undergoing cancer treatment or within 12 months of completing.  Appropriate exercise has shown to help manage some common side effects of fatigue, loss of muscle mass, speed up recovery and to improve your quality of life.  Available Monday and Wednesday.

Wig Service

Swan Hill District Health is the lead agency for the coordination of the vital local Wig Service.  A local hairdresser will work with you to help choose, order and fit your wig.

Allied Health

We have a number of allied health services that can also assist you throughout your treatment including physiotherapy, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, dietitians, speech pathologists, social work and counselling.

Advance Care Planning

Enable you to share with your family, doctor and those close to you, your preferences, beliefs and values in regards to your future healthcare. Available Fridays

Palliative Care

Is specialised care and support provided in the community for someone living with a life threatening or life limiting illness. It is designed to improve quality of life for clients, their families and caregivers.

We offer services for prevention via community education and clinical services for National screening programs such as the Cervical Screening Test.

Cancer patients can receive support and treatment from our medical and multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimal care within the Swan Hill region.

For enquiries on any of these services, please contact:

Cancer Care Coordinator

Tuesday – Thursday

60 McCrae Street, Swan Hill

Phone: (03) 5033 9201

Or go to our Cancer Services page