Young women living with Ovarian cancer: emotional impact and early menopause


Where: Online - join via your computer!

When: 21st November, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT

Your Host: Vanessa Alford

Your Presenters: Prof Martha Hickey, Dr Brindha Pillay and Dr Francine Marques

Cost: Complimentary


About the Webinar...

In response to a need for more information for young women with ovarian cancer, the focus of this webinar will be on the issues and challenges faced by young women living with ovarian cancer. This will give participants the opportunity to listen to and engage online with experts in the area and with other young women experiencing similar issues via the chat panel section of the webinar. 

In this webinar, Professor Martha Hickey, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and Head of Menopause Unit, The Women’s Hospital, Melbourne will talk about the effects of surgical menopause including infertility and the psycho-social impact this has on young women.

Doctor Brendha Pillay, a clinical psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will focus on body image, feelings of isolation and the impact that being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a relatively young age has on relationships with family and friends. 

We will also hear from Dr Francine Marques, a young women who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in her early thirties. She will share her experience of being diagnosed and living with ovarian cancer at such a young age.

Thank you to The Marian and EH FlackTrust who have provided the funding required for the delivery of this webinar.


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About the Presenters...

Prof Martha Hickey

BA (Hons); MSc (Clin Psych); MBChB, FRANZCOG, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. University of Melbourne

Head of Menopause Unit, The Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Professor Martha Hickey is Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and holds Adjunct positions at Harvard University and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia. She is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. In her clinical practice she runs the Menopause and Menopause after Cancer services at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Professor Hickey is an experienced clinician researcher in reproductive endocrinology. Her main areas of interest are abnormal uterine bleeding, contraception and menopause. In the field of menopause she runs a large clinical service, offering unique multidisciplinary care for women with menopausal symptoms following a cancer diagnosis. She is a member of the World Health Organisation Human Reproduction Program Research Review Panel and an Editor for the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group. 

Dr Brindha Pillay

B.A. (Hons) (Psychology), DPsych (Clin).

Brindha is a clinical psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Monash University in 2014. As part of her research work, she has published papers regarding the psychosocial experience and quality of life of patients undergoing treatment for various cancers. Her interest in psycho-oncology is also reflected in her clinical work as a psychologist. She is particularly interested in providing therapeutic interventions to patients and their families as they navigate the cancer experience, from diagnosis through to treatment and rehabilitation. 

Dr Francine Marques

Dr Francine Marques is a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. In 2015, the roles reversed and she became the patient, being diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at the age of 31. As a medical researcher, she is a strong supporter of research to give hope to patients. She has been cancer free now for 2 years, and shares well-being and beauty tips for chemo patients in her blog and Facebook page called Chemo and Beauty.


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