Fatigue after Cancer Treatment – “What can I do to stop feeling so tired?”
When: 23rd February 2017
What Time: 7pm - 8pm AEDT
Duration: 60 minutes
Where: Online - join via your computer, tablet or smart phone
Panel: Dr Haryana Dhillon, Carolina Sandler and Nicki Polykarpou
About the Webinar
Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is commonly reported by cancer survivors with the experience of fatigue ranging from feelings of tiredness to exhaustion. Fatigue often results in a substantial impact on a cancer survivor’s physical, emotional and/or psychological functioning. We will explore why some people recover quickly while others do not.
About the Presenters
This discussion will be facilitated by Jill Mills, Cancer Council NSW, Practical Support Unit and the panel will include:
Dr Haryana Dhillon
Haryana is a Senior Research Fellow in Cancer Survivorship at the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), School of Psychology, University of Sydney. She is also a member of the Board of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) and Council, and chair of the Survivorship Group of COSA.Haryana co-leads a Cancer Survivorship Research Group based in the University of Sydney. The group is supported on peer-reviewed funding, allowing studies in cancer and cognition, physical activity in cancer populations, and symptom management in cancer survivors. She maintains an active research interest in health literacy and communication in the cancer setting.
Carolina is an accredited exercise physiologist and post-doctoral fellow at the UNSW Fatigue Clinic and The National Centre for Cancer Survivorship at the University of NSW. She is the coordinator of the Fatigue Clinic program – a multidisciplinary program specialising in management of medically-unexplained fatigue disorders including post-cancer fatigue, post-infective fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Her recently awarded PhD focussed on investigating effective interventions for medically-unexplained fatigue states where a primary focus was conducting a Cancer Australia funded project evaluating a randomised control trial of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy in patients with post-cancer fatigue. She is also engaged in undergraduate exercise physiology teaching as a research supervisor as well as course convenor and lecturer for the cancer sciences course.
Nicki was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011 (aged 41) while she was part-way through PhD studies in the UK. She underwent a year of what she calls 'active' treatment: chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Once that was over, she tried to get back to her studies and a 'normal' life but kept on failing and couldn't understand why. It was only when she returned to Sydney, late in 2012, that she was diagnosed with post-cancer fatigue by the UNSW Fatigue Clinic. Five years on, she has been unable to return to her studies or to work. During this time, however, she has tried various therapies and treatments and now has a greater understanding of her fatigue and is better able to manage her symptoms.
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