Sydney Vital is pleased to be hosting the 2018 Neuroendocrine Tumour Q&A Session.

The event will take place on Thursday 9th August, 2018 from 6PM – 8:30PM

The session provides you with the opportunity to hear about what’s new in Neuroendocrine cancers and why research plays a vital role in patient outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to discuss with the Neuroendocrine Tumours Q&A panel of medical specialists, patient advocates and patients about people in our community who live with Neuroendocrine Tumours.

This is a FREE event and refreshments will be provided. Remote webcast also available, please click here for details.

  • Reception 6:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Q&A Forum – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Meter parking is available on Westbourne St.


Our Panel of speakers will include:

A/Prof Nick Pavlakis, Medical Oncologist

A/Prof Pavlakis has worked in private oncology practice since 1998 and has been a practice member of the Northern Cancer Institute since 2001. He is current Chair of the Lung Cancer Group of the Clinical Oncologic Society for Australa (COSA), and is Regent for Australasia for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).



Prof Alexander Engel, Colorectal Surgeon

Associate Professor Alexander Engel is a specialist colorectal surgeon who trained in general surgery in the Netherlands and obtained specialist colorectal training at the St Mark’s clinic in London, United Kingdom. A/Prof Engel is a staff specialist at the Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital and holds a teaching position at the University of Sydney.



A/ Prof Mustafa Khasraw, Medical Oncologist

Associate Professor Mustafa Khasraw is a medical oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He is also a senior research fellow at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre of The University of Sydney, Clinical Lead for the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), cancer research fellow at Deakin University with leading role in several clinical and translational laboratory programs.


A/Prof Paul Roach, Nuclear Medicine Physcian

A/Prof Paul Roach obtained his medical qualifications with honours from the University of Sydney and completed his residency training at Royal North Shore Hospital. Since 2000, he has been the Director of Nuclear Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, and in 2005 was made a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.



Dr John Leyden, Founder and chairman, The Unicorn Foundation

Dr John Leyden is the eldest brother to Kate Carr (Leyden). The journey that they shared during her battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer inspired the formation of the Unicorn Foundation.In light of the experience with his sister, Dr Leyden realised the issues surrounding rare cancers – isolation, ignorance, lack of supports, knowledge and awareness.


Meredith Cummins, Representative, The Unicorn Foundation

Meredith has been involved in Oncology for the past 30 years in metropolitan, rural, international, public and private settings. In the past 15 years she has been the Director of Nursing  and a key player instrumental in the commissioning, accreditation and establishment of four (4) private cancer care facilities in New South Wales.



Dr J Parikh, General Practitioner

Dr Parikh is a General Practitioner from Normanhurst . He has a very diverse work history and has attained many additional qualifications including a Masters of Psychology and Masters of Family Medicine. He has hospital appointments as a VMO in GP at Sydney Adventist Hospital, Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Hospital and Mt Wilga. Dr Parikh is currently a committee member of the Education Advisory Committee for Sydney North Health Network.


Katie Golden, Patient Advocate

Read Katie’s full story here …