Professor Meera Agar is Professor of Palliative Medicine, IMPACCT (Improving palliative, aged and chronic care through clinical research and translation) University of Technology Sydney. She is a practicing Palliative Medicine Specialist and the Clinical Trial Director for South West Sydney Local Health District. She is the President of the Australian New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine. Her research interests are in improving symptom control and care for people living with life limiting illness, with a focus on clinical trials.
PRESENTATION TITLE: ‘I wish I could eat’. Cannabinoid clinical trials in palliative care
Appetite loss affects up to 90% of people with cancer, and there are current no adequate pharmacological therapies that can improve it. Cannabinoids show promise, and it is critical that clinical trials are done as for people living with advanced cancer as you have ‘once chance to get it right’ when it comes to choosing effective medicines without side effects. This presentation will outline the innovative research being led by South West Sydney Researchers to answer important questions for people living with cancer who have lost their appetite.