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27 Apr 2017 at 12:00AM

Our first Tasmanian Forum

On Monday 24th April we hosted our first forum in Tasmania for people with NETs and their families and friends. Almost 30 people braved chilly weather to come to the Royal Hobart Hospital (with some driving several hours to get there!).
We were delighted to have Nuclear Medicine Physician, Dr Grace Kong (Peter Mac Cancer Centre) speak at the forum on the topic of Individualised Medicine and NETs. Grace spoke with great clarity and was able to answer many questions from the audience. Her analogy of detecting NET tumours being very much like finding “Where’s Wally” was especially memorable!
Raylene Cox from the Cancer Council Tasmania then spoke about the Cancer information and support services available in Tasmania. This was very comprehensive, and it was wonderful to hear about all the options available for people.
Our NET Nurse Kate Wakelin then gave a presentation on becoming our own advocates, a particularly relevant topic for people in regional areas such as Tasmania. This very naturally led on to a discussion about how people with NETs in Tasmania might be able to share more support with one another, and we were very excited to see the energy and enthusiasm for the commencement of two new support groups – one in Hobart and one in Launceston.
There will be more news to come about these two exciting new initiatives – but please do let Kate know if you are interested in being part of either of these groups by emailing NETNurse@unicornfoundation.org.au.
Our gratitude to Dr Grace Kong for coming over to Tasmania and sharing her knowledge and expertise in such an accessible and engaging way. 
We are also very grateful to the Cancer Council Tasmania and Royal Hobart Hospital for their fabulous support in hosting and helping organise this very successful event. 
 
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