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Navigating the Cancer Maze

Navigating the Cancer Maze

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July 11th 2014:Navigating the Immune System | The Key to Future Cancer Therapies

Today I interview Professor Mark Smyth who is regarded as an international leader in tumour immunology, immunotherapy and natural killer (NK) cell biology. My co-host is Dr Bruce Whelan, GP. Dr Whelan and I see cancer patients in our practices. We are aware there is a great need for cancer education in the community. By understanding the intricacies of the immune system in parallel with the biological nature of cancer; we believe that patients will make better informed decisions regarding their choice of cancer treatment. Professor Smyth is a person of influence who has made key discoveries in

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Professor Mark Smyth

Professor Mark Smyth is regarded as an international leader in tumour immunology/immunotherapy and natural killer (NK) cell biology. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1988 & trained at the National Cancer Institute (USA) 1988-1992. After 8 years at Austin Research Institute Melbourne, working on mechanisms of lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity, he relocated to Peter Macallum where his studies on effector molecules collectively rekindled world-wide interest in cancer immune surveillance. A number of his discoveries have led to new clinical trials in cancer immunotherapy. Professor Smyth relocated to QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane (2013) as a Senior Scientist and NH&MRC Australia
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Dr Bruce Whelan

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Medicine 1967, Dr Bruce Whelan has been in general practice since 1971. He has worked in challenging rural Australia practise environments including indigenous health. With 45 years experience, his ethic is treating the whole person using the best of modern psychology and general psychiatry in combination with the best of modern medicine. His special areas of interest are general psychiatry, drug addiction medicine, pain management and issues related to cancer medicine. Personal involvement with the Bali bombings in 2002 made an impact of his life and practice leading to his interest in psychiatry. He has been involved with teaching
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