If you walk into your local hospital on any given day, you'll be sharing the building with many people battling various stages of cancer.
At the Ingham Institute, we have hundreds of medical researchers studying cancer in its many forms, figuring out how to combat it.
While our researchers are among the world's best when it comes to cancer, the vital personal perspective of how that science should be applied comes from the people who have either been through, are going through treatment, or have helped others through it.
We are now in our fourth year of running the Ingham Institute Community Cancer Research Panel, in which anyone from our region, who has experience of living with cancer is invited to participate.
Our panellists help us to determine the best practices: from the care methods during treatment, to how to effectively communicate progress and news to a patient and by inviting involvement in clinical trials.
Panel members are also involved in designing and developing studies into fighting cancer and are kept informed as those projects progress.
One member of our community research panel is Gino Iori, whose brother David died of pancreatic cancer aged 51. His mother died of breast cancer and both are remembered on the Ingham Institute's In Memory Wall.
“One day David was fine and the next he was told he had incurable pancreatic cancer with possibly four weeks to live,”’ he said.
“David battled on but his health very quickly deteriorated and he passed away just three months after his initial diagnosis. Shortly after his passing I decided to get actively involved with trying to make a difference and make information more readily available and easy to understand and joining the Community Cancer Research Panel was a good way of doing this.
“Community engagement is vital to all the research being carried out by Ingham and we want to ensure it is accessible to everyone.”
Our next information evening will be held at the Institute on Thursday, August 24 at 6pm. We would welcome hearing from anyone who has experience of living with cancer who may be willing to take part.
For more information on the Ingham Institute's Community Cancer Research Panel or to get involved, call 1300 66 55 41 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org