What Does Advanced Cancer Mean?

10 August 2019

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Expert interviewed in this episode:
Dr Craig Gedye, medical oncologist and cancer researcher

Dr Craig GedyeThis is the first episode in a series that looks at how people, and their family and friends, find ways to cope with the challenges of advanced cancer.

In this episode, the thing about advanced cancer is that it can mean different things to different people, but the diagnosis is almost always overwhelming.

Julie sits down with medical oncologist and cancer researcher, Dr Craig Gedye, to talk about what advanced cancer actually means, and how people cope with this challenging diagnosis.

Craig explains that each person’s cancer is different, which is why it is so difficult to predict treatment outcomes. He also discusses the importance of advance care planning, the role of palliative or supportive care, the impact on family and carers, and how to live with uncertainty.

   — Dr Craig Gedye

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Want more information or support? 

If you heard something mentioned in the podcast, you’ll find a link to it below. We’ve also added links to other sources of information and support.

From Cancer Council NSW

Other resources

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 – call 13 11 14 for 24-hour crisis support from a trained health professional
  • Cancer Australia – facts and figures from Australian Government agency
  • Cancer Institute NSW – information from NSW’s cancer control agency
  • Macmillan Cancer Support – information about coping with advanced cancer from UK cancer support organisation
  • Advance Care Planning Australia – free national advisory service for the public and health professionals and online fact sheets and forms to help with advance care planning
  • Dying to Talk Discussion Starter – a guide from Palliative Care Australia to help you reflect on your values and your preferences for your future care
  • Advance care plans – written guides and videos about discussing and writing down your wishes for your future care 
  • More about Craig Gedye – Craig’s University of Newcastle profile explains how his cancer research takes a tailored, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’, approach to patient care

Listen to What Does Advanced Cancer Mean now, or find more episodes here.