Prague & Adelaide: Shona Edwards, Patient & Advocate

How can we improve the cancer treatment experience, including radiation therapy & proton therapy, for patients & families?

Shona Edwards, Cancer Survivor & Advocate. Shona Edwards is a cancer patient who travelled to Prague, Czech Republic, in 2018 for proton therapy treatment for a papillary meningioma at her sacrum. The position of the tumour and the aggravation of treatment caused a mild incomplete spinal cord injury, leaving Shona using walking sticks and a wheelchair.

Since returning from treatment Shona has joined the Youth Advisory Group for South Australia’s Youth Cancer Service and is working with Canteen Youth Leadership. She has presented on her post-treatment physical rehabilitation at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s annual conference and has advocated for disability and chronic pain awareness at the University of Adelaide.’

This webinar series is hosted by SAHMRI and the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research. The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research is a highly anticipated centre that will deliver technologically advanced precision radiotherapy, providing treatment to children, adolescents and adults.

By sharing national and international examples of compassionate and innovative care we hope to benefit the broader radiation oncology community as well as incorporate innovations into the new proton therapy centre in Adelaide.

Hosted by Julie McCrossin AM a survivor of head and neck cancer.
Media Production by Daniel Taylor at Insight IT