May 2011 Austin Hospital Education Session media release

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     Living Well with Prostate Cancer – Radiotherapy: A Consumer’s Guide
                                     Free Community Education Meeting

A free Community Education meeting to be held at Austin Hospital, Heidelberg on Tuesday 17 May will offer
practical and current information about radiotherapy
treatment for prostate cancer.                              When: Tuesday 17 May 2011. 5.30pm for
                                                                  6.00pm start. 7.30pm finish

Professor Chris Hamilton, Director of Radiation Oncology          Where: Level 4, Education Centre, Austin
                                                                  Tower, Austin Hospital
at Austin Health will speak about how radiotherapy works,
side effects, treatment advances and current research. A          145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg
radiotherapy nurse will also be available to answer practical     Who: General public and medical
questions about the treatment.                                    professionals with an interest in prostate
Peter Gebert, Victorian Board Member with the Prostate            To book, phone: (03) 9948 2070 by Monday
Cancer Foundation of Australia, and one of the event              16 May 2011
organisers says, considering that an estimated 4,680¹             Parking available onsite at discounted rate of
Victorian men are diagnosed with this disease each year,          $5. On street parking available in
this education session is sure to be of interest to many men      surrounding streets. Refreshments served.
and their loved ones, as well as health professionals with a
particular interest in prostate cancer treatments.

“Considering how many Victorian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the sad fact that 856¹ lose
their life each year, this event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about some of the issues relating to
prostate cancer and its treatment.

“When a man is first diagnosed with prostate cancer, he can often feel overwhelmed by the information he is
given and the decisions to be made. This meeting will offer insight into all the aspects of radiotherapy that
need to be considered. Education sessions, like this one, will go some way to helping sift through all the
information, as well as offering practical advice to those who are already undergoing radiotherapy treatment
for prostate cancer,” said Mr Gebert.

Bookings are essential. To reserve your place at this free Community Education Session, please contact the
Victorian office of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on (03) 9948 2070 before Monday 16 May

Professor Chris Hamilton practiced as a general Radiation Oncologist at Newcastle New South Wales for
17 years between 1988 and 2004, where he had significant interest in breast cancer colo-rectal, prostate
cancer, head and neck cancer and lung cancer. He has experience in brachytherapy at a variety of sites and
synchronous chemoradiotherapy in all tumour sites. Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Hamilton had four
years employed as a Clinical Oncologist in the United Kingdom. He returned to Australia to take up a post as
Professor Director at the Radiation Oncology Centre Austin/Repat Hospital.

In terms of research, Professor Hamilton has been involved in long-term research in clinical radiobiology,
laboratory radiobiology, radiobiology modelling, clinical dosimetry, oncology information systems, quality
assurance and a large variety of radiation trials and trial design.
He is also involved the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists (Faculty of Radiation Oncology); TROG
(Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group); and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) as a radiation

Media contact: Peter Gebert Mobile 0418 576 682

¹ CANSTAT: CANCER IN VICTORIA 2007.   The Cancer Council Victoria Epidemiology Centre. February 2010.

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