Don was diagnosed with prostate cancer and received radiation therapy, external beam radiation and hormone treatment to manage side-effects. Having experienced cancer, he is currently mentoring a patient in a similar situation. Don says that “having a positive attitude and a sense of humour make cancer as best an experience as it can be”. He hopes to encourage this approach to support others.
Wayne was diagnosed with a Merkel Cell Carcinoma and continues a journey of remission. With a background in marketing and sales for a Pharmaceutical Company and now a news presenter and journalist for Gold Coast radio, Wayne believes his experiences will help in the review of health literature and support the ongoing improvement of patient-centred care.
Julie was diagnosed with cancer in her tonsils, throat and tongue caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). She underwent radiation therapy and has been in remission for four years. With a career as a journalist and ABC broadcaster she is now an avid patient advocate promoting education and support systems during and after treatment.
Wendy, a keen netballer and mother of two from country Victoria was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty-two. While continuing to juggle family life and work in Emergency Management for the State Government, Wendy underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She stresses the importance of fighting cancer with family and friends and hopes to improve the cancer experience for others.
At the age of twenty-five Clare Vink was diagnosed with breast cancer. For treatment, Clare received surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and has ongoing hormone therapy medication. Clare is a registered nurse and is passionate about providing feedback to make the cancer journey less stressful for patients.
Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy for her treatment. After experiencing cancer Lee wanted to give back – she is now an active member of various consumer advocacy groups. Through speaking engagements Lee shares her passion for improving health literacy and empowering patients to be actively involved in their care.
Gloria was diagnosed with breast cancer breast and received surgery and radiation treatment. In her career with Weight Watchers she educated hundreds of people to reap the benefits of good nutrition. Gloria is an advocate for wellness and hopes to use her experiences to speak up for patients and facilitate support resources
Following a prostate cancer diagnosis, Doug received high dosage brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to cancer treatment and is keen to contribute ideas whereby future patients can receive excellent treatment and care regardless of which state or country the care is administered.
John was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. He holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences in Australia and internationally about cancer policy, advocacy, clinical trials, research and related issues. He is a committed and passionate advocate for people affected by cancer.
Diagnosed with grade III breast cancer, Pamela underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and drug therapy. She has years of experience as a Registered General Nurse and engagements with San Antonio Breast Cancer, RANZCR, Cancer NSW and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Pamela hopes her experience as both a health professional and cancer patient will assist with improving the patient experience.
Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 and received radiation therapy and hormone therapy. When he’s cancer became aggressive he underwent surgery to remove the cancer. Over the course of his cancer experience keeping a positive mindset and staying active had a great impact on Paul’s recovery. For many years Paul was a firefighter, he then managed training programs for healthcare agencies and managed building projects. Paul is now retired and wishes to give back by sharing his cancer experience and working with GenesisCare to improve patient experience.