The breast treatment, new approach avoids removal

Sharon Kells

A scientist at work – Dr Derek Kennedy browses chemical substances at his laboratory in Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies (Healthbeats/Sharon Kells)

A new cancer treatment, which bypasses the need for breast removal, has been developed in Queensland.

The procedure gives the option of leaving tumours in the breast and treating them intact with existing, or newly trialled drug therapies.

It offers an alternative to the more common approach of removing the tumour and all residual breast tissue, in an effort to contain the disease and ward off further spread or recurrence.

“This new procedure offers a different way of treating cancer, and avoids the debilitating effects from chemotherapy or radiation,’‘ says Dr Derek Kennedy, of Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies.  Continue reading

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Int’l student body demands clarity on public maternity care

Hasyim Widhiarto

Raja Juli Antoni, a PhD candidate from the University of Queensland, shares his recent experience in obtaining public maternity services in Queensland. 

The Queensland and Victorian governments must explain why they limit non-citizens’ access to public maternity services, a student body says.

Council of International Students Australia (CISA) welfare officer Heather Richards says without any detailed guidelines, such policy will mentally and physically harm international students who need to obtain pregnancy care from public hospitals in the states during their study.

The organisation, she says, has also been unable to prepare appropriate advocacy or discuss proposal to respond to the policy since it has no idea about the policy’s time frame and operational procedures.

“There’s not much we can do since the root cause behind the policy is still unclear,” Ms Richards says. Continue reading

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Asians feel the pressure

Zihan Gao

Anxiety is one of the most common psychosocial health issues for Asian students completing degrees at Australian universities,   according to educational counsellors and advisors.

Students commonly experience stress, panic and obsessive disorders as a result of the challenge of studying in a foreign country, says  Lexie Mooney, who heads Griffith University’s student counsellor service.

“Most frequently, international students come to see us looking for counselling and support about issues including anxiety, depression and relationships,” says Ms Mooney.

“ They can find themselves under pressure adapting and often have difficulty fitting into their new environment.”  Continue reading

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