Admin Posted December 18, 2013 Share Posted December 18, 2013 Agenda 20 December 2013 Our expert guest speaker, Dr Devika Thomas, Dr Devika Thomas, Head of Biochemistry at Dorevtich Pathology, will have to leave early, so we will start with her explanation of those blood tests our doctors give us all through our treatment. Men's stories, updates will follow Dr Thomas today. Disclaimer This Community does not give medical advice. No members are authorized to give medical advice. Ask your doctor if you hear anything here that you think may be related to your treatment. Time 9:30am - 11:00am Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) The formal phone-in meeting ends after 90 minutes. The lines are kept open for an hour after that for members to informally chat. Daylight savings times Brisbane 9:30am Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 10:30am Adelaide, 10:00am Perth 7:30am Winter times Brisbane 9:30am Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart 9:30am Adelaide 9:00am Perth 7:30am Dial in You must dial in - we do NOT dial you. Numbers in email only - contact Jim for more information. Speaking time We want many voices to be heard. If you are a member listed to speak below, the chair will probably expect you to take no more than about 5 minutes on presentation so there is plenty of time for others to respond. Special Guest Speakers are invited to speak for 10-15 minutes, then field questions. Guidelines No noise House - radio, TV, computer, pets, other phones, conversation Yourself - mute button, or mouthpiece away from mouth Phone - call waiting off (#43#), Mute button or hang up to leave the room. No mute button? ##4 to mute, ##5 to unmute. Cordless phone - don't carry, put on folded handkerchief to limit reverberation Other calls - Please do NOT use call waiting or another line on the same phone to take another call - members around Australia are left listening to your 'hold' music until you return. Speaking Speak clearly into mouthpiece in ordinary voice. Say who you are when signing in, and each time you speak. Listen for the gavel. The Chair may need to interrupt. Help the secretary by later emailing details for the minutes. Restarting You may hang up and sign in again as many times as necessary. Sometimes we may have to restart the meeting - dial in again. With everyone calling at once you may need to try more than once. Apologies ... Late starters Maybe you haven't had access to the agenda or you have late breaking news you would like to share. Tell the chairman here at the beginning of the meeting that you would like to speak, and he will fit you in probably later, perhaps right now if that suits. Special expert guest speaker Your prostate cancer path may have been started by a digital rectal examination or a scan that caused concern. But for most men, pathology results begin the journey (with a PSA test) and show monitor our progress and other health issues to the end. If you are going to be able to sensibly take part in your own health decisions, it is important you have some understanding of the results that come back from the labs. Today Dr Devika Thomas, Head of Biochemistry at Dorevtich Pathology will help us better understand the role of the pathology lab in our health. Men's stories A number of men have indicated that they will tell us their stories, or update us on their progress. Formal end The Chair will declare the formal part of the teleconference closed at his discretion, perhaps around 11am. The teleconference lines will be kept open until at least 11:30 for anyone who wishes to continue discussions, update his health, or just chat. Informal chat Any topic you like - topics we didn't reach, something discussed earlier you wish to comment on, an update on your health, how your new boat is going, moaning about the weather, anything that you wish to say. Future phone-in support group meetings Teleconference meetings are held on the fourth Friday (NOT always the last Friday) of each month (except January, which is one week late) and December (which is one week early). So February may have 2 teleconferences - the delayed January teleconference, and the normal fourth week. In 2013 this means teleconferences on both 1 February and 22 February. Phone-in support group meeting dates 2013 1 February 2013 22 February 2013 22 March 2013 (not last Friday in month) 26 April 2013 24 May 2013 (not last Friday in month) 28 June 2013 26 July 2013 23 August 2013 (not last Friday in month) 27 September 2013 25 October 2013 22 November 2013 (not last Friday in month) 20 December 2013 (not last Friday in month, not fourth Friday in month) Changes or questions If you wish to update us about any changes in your health or treatment, or have a question you would like answered or discussed, or you would like to talk about joining a teleconference group, let us know. Then we can put it high on the agenda so it doesn't get lost - just reply to this email, or use Contact Jim on JimJimJimJim.com. This message has been send to you because you are a member of an Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group. Visit JimJimJimJim.com and click on Contact Jim if this is a problem. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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