Cancer Council Australia


First-ever online guidelines adapting to rapid change in clinical management

The first in a series of new, wiki-based clinical recommendations for the diagnosis and management of melanoma was launched at the Australasian Melanoma Conference in October.

Developed in partnership by Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia, with additional funding from the Skin Cancer College Australasia, the guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the recognition of melanomas, biopsy of suspicious lesions, when to perform sentinel node biopsy and margins for radical excision of primary melanomas.

Chair of the project’s expert working group, Professor Thompson said Australia and New Zealand had the world’s highest melanoma burden by a significant margin, with more than 17,000 cases diagnosed in the two countries each year and rising. “Extensive use of the new guidelines will help to ensure that clinicians have access to the latest evidence-based recommendations when diagnosing and caring for people with melanoma.”

The guidelines will cover prevention, diagnosis, management and follow-up as well as special population groups such as children and pregnant women. The full set of guidelines is expected to be completed and published by early 2018.

The new set of guidelines are available at wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/Guidelines:Melanoma

Clinical prostate test guidelines receive GP college endorsement

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has formally endorsed the clinical guidelines for PSA testing and early management of test-detected prostate cancer developed by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Cancer Council Australia.

PCFA and Cancer Council Australia worked in partnership to develop the guidelines through a rigorous process involving experts from all clinical disciplines that participate in the clinical management of test-detected prostate cancer patients.

The guidelines were published in January following the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approving the guidelines’ recommendations.

RACGP is the latest medical college to endorse the guidelines, which provide health professionals with evidence-based recommendations for using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to assess prostate cancer risk and manage test-detected patients.

The guidelines have also received formal endorsement from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, the Faculty of Radiation Oncology (the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Cancer Council and Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre – On the Road to Recovery CALD project stage two and three

On the road to recovery is a collaboration designed to produce translated booklets to assist cancer patients and survivors from cultural and linguistically diverse communities.

Developed by Cancer Council in conjunction with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the project has been supported with funding from Cancer Australia.

Stage one of the project saw production booklets on cancer survivorship in Cantonese, Mandarin and Greek, drawing from Cancer Council’s ‘Understanding Cancer’ series, including: Living well after cancer; Emotions and cancer; Coping with cancer fatigue; Cancer, work and you; Cancer care and your rights; and Understanding complementary therapies.

Stage two originally included the publication of bilingual booklets for the Arabic and Vietnamese speaking communities. It has now been expanded to include a bilingual Italian cancer factsheet.

Stage three has also commenced to develop resources for Hindi and Filipino speaking communities.

Booklets are available from the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, through Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support, or online in PDF format at cancer.org.au/publicationsCALD.

For details contact Jane Roy on 02 8063 4100 or jane.roy@cancer.org.au

Clinical Guidelines Network

Cancer Council Australia aims to produce concise, clinically relevant and up-to-date electronic clinical practice guidelines for health professionals, accessible on its wiki platform at wiki.cancer.org.au

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for notification of guidelines open for public consultation or guidelines launches, please email guidelines@cancer.org.au

Guidelines in development

Guideline

Status

National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding

Email guidelines@cancer.org.au to be notified when the guidelines are published.

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer

Systematic reviews in progress

Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of melanoma

First set of draft content went to public consultation May/June and post public consultation in progress. Email guidelines@cancer.org.au to be notified when the final content will be published. Further systematic reviews in progress

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer

Systematic reviews in progress

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of sarcoma in AYA

Systematic reviews in progress

Clinical practice guidelines for Surveillance Colonoscopy

Guidelines revision commissioned by Department of Health. Planning is progress.

Cancer Council Australia guidelines

Guideline

Last updated

Clinical practice guidelines for PSA testing and management of test-detected prostate cancer

August 2015

Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett’s oesophagus and early oesophageal adenocarcinoma

September 2014

Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer

December 2012 (update in progress)

Management of apparent early stage endometrial cancer

March 2012

Clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy

December 2011

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of adult onset sarcoma

February 2015

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancer

April 2010

Clinical Oncology Society of Australia guidelines

Guideline

Last updated

Clinical practice guidelines for teleoncology

December 2015

Diagnosis and management of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours guidance

August 2012

Evidence-based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer

August 2013

Early detection of cancer in AYAs

May 2012

AYA cancer fertility preservation

September 2012

Psychosocial management of AYA cancer patients

June 2012

Other guidelines

Guideline

Last updated

Cancer pain management

August 2013

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