gt;gt; There’s been a lot of tradition in my family. My father was actually a general OBGYN, and so I grew up in a family that gynecology and obstetrics was the routine. I think I went into OBGYN for very different reasons than my father, and have kind of developed my career specific to my particular interests. But the basis for it has always been a passion, particularly for women’s health. My primary focus, or the way that I like to see patients is to make sure to see each individual patient as a unique person what are her specific needs,.
What are her specific goals and to make sure that she’s very well informed about all of the options that are available to her, whether they’re medical or surgical. And so I really like to tailor my treatment plan particularly to that patient’s needs, and what seems to be best appropriate for her. My focus is in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, as well as I see a lot of patients with endometriosis, and chronic pelvic pain. I have specific training in advanced gynecologic surgery, particularly laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery, and I’ve tailored my practice to see patients with uterine fibroids,.
Endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, as well as pelvic pain.
Endometrial Cancer Investigations and Referral
Hello, I’m Helen Zorbas. It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the second program on gynaecological cancer, produced by Cancer Australia and the Rural Health Education Foundation. We’re delighted to have health professionals from rural and remote areas of Australia joining us for this program on endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynaecological cancer.
In Australia, and its incidence is increasing. Each year, about 1,700 women are diagnosed, about a third of whom live outside a metropolitan area. As rural health professionals, you have a vital role to play in the early detection of endometrial cancer and the investigations that can lead to timely referral and diagnosis. We hope that through this broadcast, you gain a better understanding of those women who are at greater risk of developing endometrial cancer,.
As well as the importance of appropriate investigation of symptoms and referral for treatment. Thanks to Helen Zorbas. Hello, I’m Norman Swan. Welcome to this program on endometrial cancer. It’s a program which is a joint initiative of the Rural Health Education Foundation and the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, which is part of Cancer Australia.
This is the second program in our series on gynaecological cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer. It’s on the rise in Australia due to an ageing population, and increase in prevalence of obesity and diabetes in women. Tonight we’ll discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms, appropriate investigations, who should you refer to, all of which influence whether or not you make a timely diagnosis and get your patient into treatment.
You’ll find a number of useful resources available for you on the Rural Health Education Foundation’s website: And also on Cancer Australia’s website: Let’s meet our panel. Jenny May is a rural general practitioner working in Tamworth. Welcome, Jenny. Thanks, Norman. Jenny is employed by the University Department of Rural Health in Tamworth and is a rural GP academic.
Jenny has a strong interest in making sure rural people get the same standard of healthcare as those living in the cities. Pieter Mourik is an obstetrician and gynaecologist working in Albury Wodonga. Welcome, Pieter. Thanks, Norman. Good evening. Pieter has been working in that area since 1979. He also travels widely working as a gynaecologist throughout Australia and teaches Women’s Health to medical students.
At the Rural al School of the University of New South Wales. Kath Nattress is a cancernurse coordinator for gynaecological cancer at the Sydney Cancer Centre. Welcome, Kath. Thanks. Kath is also a al senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, and her research interests focus on the impact of disease and treatment on women with gynaecological cancer. Michael Quinn is professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.