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Drug to benefit women at higher risk of developing breast cancer

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WOMEN at higher risk of developing breast cancer who are prescribed the drug Tamoxifen are now able to access the drug under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
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Orange oncologist Dr Peter Fox says although the drug has been available for several years and is widely prescribed for women diagnosed with breast cancer, the availability of the drug for women at higher risk of developing breast cancer is a new and welcome initiative by the government.

Retired breast cancer surgeon Dr Stuart Porges said he was pleased to learn the federal government had approved the drug’s placement on the PBS for women who showed a predisposition to developing cancer, and the drug would be cheaper.

“It is a very simple and effective drug with very few side-effects for women who are oestrogen receptor positive,” he said.

Dr Porges had several patients who were involved in trials to determine the effectiveness of Tamoxifen five and even 10 years on from surgery and other cancer treatments.

“This has been a fantastic drug for so many patients over the years,” he said.

The drug’s placement on the PBS follows a trial by the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group.

Director of research Professor John Forbes AM said the announcement was further recognition of the importance of breast cancer clinical trials research.

“Approximately 16,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year and one in eight women will be diagnosed by the time they turn 85,” he said.

“Many patients from the Central West have benefited from Tamoxifen and will continue to do so,” Dr Fox said.

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Scott Bevan embracing life and the music

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THE RETURN: Scott Bevan had one of the most prestigious gigs in journalism, but he is now pursuing other interests including music. The star catches up with former ABC journalist, musician and Novocastrian Scott BevanYou have left one of the best journalism gigs in the country at the ABC, what role did your love of music play in that decision?Like a lot of blokes, when I was approaching 50, I thought about not what I have done, but what I haven’t done or should have done. One recurring thought was that I had wandered away from music.
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So I gave myself a 50th birthday present: I recorded my solo EP. The experience also fuelled my desire to explore new opportunities. I didn’t leave my job to pursue music; I left to embrace my life more fully. And music is an integral part of my life.

What musicians inspire you?I’ve had the great fortune to play with some inspiring musicians. Steve Morton, Peter Pihlak, and John Foreman, all dear mates who play on My Old Self, are not only brilliant at what they do but are a hoot to be with.

And I continue to listen to, and love, the musicians who inspired me to pick up an instrument and express myself when I was a teenager: David Bowie, Sting, U2, and Kevin Stanton and Murray Burns from Mi-Sex.

You have released an EP to coincide with turning 50, what terrain does the recording cover?Well, it’s not the soft undulations of middle-age, I hope! The EP has five of my songs. They cover the terrain I’ve always enjoyed walking – rock – and they celebrate my love of 1970s and 80s music, with big arrangements and bigger choruses.

The project was a slow-burn and began in Newcastle, can you tell me about that?The EP was recorded in Sydney, but Newcastle flows through these songs. I’m a Newcastle boy. I fell hopelessly in love with rock music when I heard Mi-Sex open for Cheap Trick at the Civic Theatre in 1979.

I played in Newcastle bands, developing my musicianship and some lifelong friends, and learnt from terrific musos such as Mark Hope, Grant Walmsley and Dennis Butler. And now, with this EP, I’ve recorded with mates who I played with in Newcastle, and the CD cover features a fantastic photo of Newcastle Ocean Baths, taken by another friend, Mark Tedeschi. Mark’s a Sydneysider – but he probably wishes he was a Novocastrian.

What’s next for Scott Bevan the journalist?I don’t know, in short. I will continue to be as I’ve always been, someone who tells stories and sometimes that involves music. I don’t think too much about ‘what’s next’. It’s a terrible approach for career advancement, but it’s a pretty good way to live.

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Next gig: Royal Exchange, Bolton Street, Newcastle, on June 17.

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Desperate for carers

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HELPING HAND: Volunteers for Palliative Care Kate Punch, Gwen Teasdale and Virginia Milne. Picture: MARINA NEILMaitland’s Volunteers for Palliative Care is in desperate need of help.
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Operating for almost 26 years the NSW Health funded organisation is short on volunteers and desperately needs more helpers to care for the 20 patients the organisation has on its books.

Volunteers are needed to provide transport for patients, help them attend treatments and medical appointments, provide home respite or companionship or to visit patients in hospital.

Those interested are put through a training course and commitment in time is established on an individual basis at the time of their training.

The organisation’s coordinator Judith Robinson said it takes a special kind of person to carry out this work.

“They have to be non-judgmental, patient and a very good listener,” Ms Robinson said.

The group currently has 25 volunteers but needs many more.

“It’s better to have a pool of volunteers who are ready so we cantap into them straight away when the need arises.”

She said there is usually a natural attrition rate with volunteers as some have to bow out with family commitments, going back to work or becoming carers themselves for a family member.

All volunteers will have a criminal check carried out. They will also be put through a training program. On completion they will be “buddied up” with a patient and then start.

“We connect the volunteers with families and make sure they are a good fit,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson said there can be some fears and misunderstandings about what palliative care means.

“We discuss this thoroughly withvolunteers and talk about all their fears. It’s a wonderful training program and it’s essential,” she said.

“Predominantly most of the work ourvolunteers do are in patients’ homes.This work is not aboutsitting with someone who is dying, it’s about supporting someone to the end of the life. They have dreams, wishes and desires and we are there to listen to them.”

Anyone interested in helping the organisation shouldcall 49366582.

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Mackay assists team mate to victory

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Kate Perry in the yellow jersey on the final day of the tour. Picture: Cycling AustraliaWagga cyclist Sophie Mackay played the support role for Specialized Women’s Racing teammate Kate Perry who won the Mersey Valley Tour on the weekend.
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Perry won by six seconds to take the lead in the Subaru National Road Series after the third event for the season.

Mackay and two of her teammates worked to catch the lead pack and ensure Perry was well-positioned for the hill climb.

“Kate’s a particularly good climber,” Mackay said.

The girls closed a 58-second gap in the space of 10km before a decisive climb, where Perry overtook the leader to snare the yellow jersey on Saturday.

“We allowed Kate to draft behind us andshe was able to conserve energy for the hill,” Mackay said.

“On the third day it was just a matter of holding onto the yellow jersey.”

The rain in Tasmania was continuous and torrential, and despite competing in the most arduous conditions of her career, Mackay had the time of her life.

“Iquite enjoyed the challenge of the weather,” she said.

“It’s a particularly tough course; amentalchallenge.”

Next on the agenda, Mackay will compete in a couple of local events including the Geoff Dixon Memorial and the Cootamundra Haycarters classic and recovery races.

She looks forward to a national series race in June.

“The Battle on the Border ismore suited to me,” she said.

“There aremore sprint finishes.”

She’s in good form,and gaining momentum on the road thanks tocontinuedtraining.

“I’m really enjoying getting on the bike every day; Ifeel energetic,” Mackay said.

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Radio 6PR’s pub of the year: High Wycombe Tavern ‘outstanding’

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The prawn arrabiata had a spicy kick (left) and former West Coast player Todd Breman tucks into a massive hellfire parmigiana. Photo: Karl Langdon The outdoor section at The High Wycombe Tavern.
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When former Eagles sharp shooter and respected football caller Karl Langdon says something has a “beautiful kick” you tend to tune in to what he is saying.

But this time Langdon isn’t talking about an AFL player, but the dish he had at the High Wycombe Tavern, as part of Radio 6PR’s “Pub of the Week”.

Langdon said even though the menu offered up a vast and varied selection of modern Australian contemporary fare, he couldn’t look past the prawn arrabiata pasta ($21.50).

The dish is infused with coriander, garlic chilli and onion.

“It had a beautiful kick to it,” he told WAtoday. “Not too overpowering for those that don’t like spicy food, but I do love my spicy food, so for me the spicier the better.

“It had nice big prawns, lovely texture…a pretty good dish.”

Langdon said former West Coast and Subiaco teammate Todd Breman tucked into the hellfire parmigiana ($25).

“My premiership teammate is a good eater –  he’s a fireman and he’s on holidays at the moment,” Landgon laughed.

“The chicken was nice and moist and thick and then the topping was something that he hadn’t had before.

“It was a different style of parmigiana then he had every experienced.

“The sauce on the top had jalapenos and it had some diced up chicken….it was really interesting.”

Langdon said while the wine list was limited, the tavern boasts 19 different varieties of local, imported and craft beers on tap.

And the ex-Eagles star knows a thing or two about beers, having run the Blue Note Tavern and the Wembley Hotel.

“The Squires Golden Ale pint was $9.50 a pint and I’ve had it up to $11.50, so that was good value,” he said.

“The good part was the lines were clear, because the Golden Ale had a crisp flavour which a beer should have. If you have dirty lines in a pub then beer won’t taste anywhere near as nice.”

Langdon said in the end, the tavern experience was “outstanding”.

“This place had full table service so they are bringing food and drink to your table and you can set up a tab,” he said.

“You can then sit and enjoy your company and chat without having to go backwards and forwards to a bar or a server to order your food or drink.

“The wine list was the only thing I could mark them down on compared to some of the other pubs I’ve visited over the time. But really there is nothing wrong with the place.”

The Langdon verdict: 9.5/10. The High Wycombe Tavern 530 Kalamunda Road, High Wycombe.Phone: 9454 2236

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