Listen to Cancer Therapies, Prem Babies and Penguins52:2331 October 2023

Hosts: Dr Ailee, Dr Scarlet and Dr Shane.
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1st guest: Amy Winship PhD, ARC DECRA Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology Monash University. Cancer therapies, like chemotherapy, can cause devastating side-effects for young female survivors, such as infertility and early menopause. Now, immunotherapies are revolutionising cancer therapy: they activate the patient’s immune system to target and kill tumour cells. Because they are so effective, patients are receiving these drugs before the full spectrum of side-effects have been tested. Since women are often excluded from clinical trials of new cancer therapies, the impacts of immunotherapies on the female reproductive and endocrine systems, in particular, were unknown.
2nd guest: Associate Professor Atul Malhotra, Consultant Neonatologist & Head, Early Neurodevelopment Clinic, Monash Children's Hospital. Intensive care for sick or premature newborn babies has advanced tremendously in the last few decades. Improved survival of the most vulnerable babies, however, is associated with increased risk of long-term complications of their lungs, brain, heart and other organs.
3rd guest: Paula Wasiak Senior Research Technical Officer – Penguins Phillip Island Nature Parks.
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