Living Well with Advanced Cancer

14 July 2019

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Expert interviewed in this episode:
Associate Professor Judith Lacey, Supportive and Palliative Care Specialist

Dr Judith Lacey talks about living well with advanced cancer on our podcast

In this episode, the thing about advanced cancer is that some people can live for years after the diagnosis. But how do you keep yourself as physically and emotionally well as you can and maximise your quality of life?

To find out, Julie sits down with Dr Judith Lacey, who is Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Judith explains that if someone is referred to a palliative care team, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are about to die. While palliative care experts do provide end-of-life care, they can also support people at any stage of advanced cancer, especially if symptoms are hard to control. 

Over the years, Judith has used both conventional medicine and complementary therapies to improve the overall wellbeing of patients. This holistic approach looks at diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors, and can include supportive therapies such as meditation, acupuncture, massage and counselling.

Julie and Judith also explore how people cope with the uncertainty of living with advanced cancer, particularly now that new treatments can often control the cancer for longer.

   — Dr Judith Lacey

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From Cancer Council NSW

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