165855 - Management of Cancer Related Toxicities and Referral for Radiation Therapy
- : Online
This event will explore GP management of anti-cancer treatment toxicities, radiation therapy as a safe and effective treatment option, and women's health after cancer treatment.
Relevance to General Practice
Cancer is a highly prevalent health issue in Australia with 1 in 2 Australians diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Despite increased survival rates, cancer remains a leading cause of death In Australia and costs the health system more than $4.5 billion
Radiation therapy uses X-rays to destroy or injure cancer cells so they cannot multiply and is one of the most common anti-cancer treatments. As such, GPs require an understanding of timely and appropriate referral for radiation therapy to achieve best outcomes for their patients.
Other anti-cancer treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery. These treatments can also be associated with a range of side effects and symptoms. Therefore, GPs need to be up to date of key issues around cancer treatments, including understanding toxicities and when and where to refer patients when required . Effective communication between GPs and specialists is required to ensure an integrated approach to care.
- Recognise ‘red flag’ side effects from anti-cancer treatment, and understand when and why to refer
- Initiate diagnostic work up and provide initial management for acute and chronic toxicity
- Discuss how Radiation therapy is used as a safe and effective treatment option for skin cancerisation
- Describe how Radiation therapy is used as a safe and effective treatment option for palliative care
- Identify issues regarding Women's Health after cancer treatment and through menopause