Am I having a heart attack?

9,300 Australians die of a heart attack each year and many of these people die because they don’t know the signs or wait too long to seek help. Director Emergency Medicine Paul Bailey says every minute counts when a person is having a heart attack. “When people arrive at our Emergency Department with chest pain, our first concern is to…

Welcome to the Spring edition of Inside Health

Welcome to the Spring edition of Inside Health. It is upsetting that there is an increasing need in our community for cancer facilities, research and care. It is, however, heartening that so many types of cancer are treatable and in many cases, curable. When patients are diagnosed with cancer, often their whole world is turned upside down and what lies ahead…

Carers’ stress addressed

Every year, 200 people in WA are diagnosed with a High Grade Glioma, commonly known as a brain tumour. It is almost invariably fatal, with a rapid decline in function and independence and affects not only the patient, but the carer and family unit. People with brain tumours experience cognitive and behavioural changes, they cannot…

Fact or fiction: cancer and its treatments

Dr Sanjay Mukhedkar from Oncology West says it’s natural to be worried about what lies ahead if you are diagnosed with cancer but there are aspects of treatment that are not going to be as bad as you think. Dr Mukhedkar shares some of his insights. All my hair is going to fall out. Not all chemotherapy drugs cause…

Trialling treatments for better health

Oncologists at the Murdoch Oncology Clinical Trials Unit (MOCTU) are passionate about finding new and better ways to ‘kick cancer’ in our community. Dr Kynan Feeney says research shows that patients who are in clinical trials often fare better than those who are not involved. “Clinical trials give patients access to new types of treatment so that we can see…

Fewer side effects for chemo patients

At St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Oncology Clinical Trials Unit (MOCTU), patients are experiencing fewer of the side effects of chemotherapy from a new trial treatment for breast cancer. Patient Rosie Myers, who had early stage breast cancer, says the trial drugs have given her a new lease on life after enduring the effects of standard chemotherapy. “I have much more…