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20 April 2017 - By Mick Jensen - The community is invited to hear what is new in cancer research at an information evening in Ashburton on May 4.
A series of short presentations will be given by oncologists and scientists associated with the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group.
The 6pm event will be held at Ashburton Trust Event Centre and will be chaired by Professor Bridget Robinson, Mackenzie Chair in cancer medicine at the University of Otago and based at Christchurch Hospital.
Professor Mackenzie said her introduction would include a talk about the Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre, or C4 for short, which was a virtual centre that linked together all health professionals in the region involved in the clinical treatment and care of patients with cancer.
C4 provided information about research and scientists, regular educational seminars, workshops and open-days for cancer professionals and the general public, and also support for the Cancer Society Tissue Bank, where tissue donations supported research.
Speakers would  take about 10 minutes for presentations, would keep the research simple and understandable and would also take questions, said Prof. Robinson.
Guest speakers included Dr Logan Walker, who would address ``decoding genes to prevent cancer'', Vanessa Lattimore, who would talk about the The New Zealand Familial Breast Cancer Study and Dr Elisabeth Phillips, who would speak about how fat cells stimulated breast cancer.
Professor Robinson said fellow oncologist Dr David Gibbs would talk about why we needed randomized trials in medicine and Dr Margaret Currie would address immunotherapy.
The aim of the presentations was to ``break down barriers around cancer'' and to make more information available to more people.
It was the first time the group was holding an information evening outside of the Christchurch area, she said.
Anyone wishing to attending the evening is asked to confirm with the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society  (307 7691 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by April 27.


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