Cancer surgeon and survivor shares his story

Professor Chris O'Brien

Professor Chris O'Brien
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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Professor Chris O'Brien, widely known to Australian audiences through Channel 9's reality TV program RPA, will give a free public lecture at the University of Adelaide next week (Tuesday 5 August) about his first-hand experience of having cancer.

His talk, "Battling Cancer: Taking responsibility and creating change", has been organised by the Northern Communities Health Foundation and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Professor O'Brien is the former Director of the Sydney Cancer Centre, based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney.

In 2006 he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour requiring a number of operations, radiotherapy and months of chemotherapy. He also embraced a regime of natural medicine and meditation.

Professor O'Brien will share his story, and will also talk about the broader issue of cancer in Australia.

"I'll be speaking about Australia's cancer burden and the challenges it poses, as well as my own cancer experience and hopes for the establishment of cancer centres in Australia," he says.

WHAT: Battling Cancer: Taking responsibility and creating change
by Professor Chris O'Brien

WHEN: 5.30pm on Tuesday 5 August

WHERE: Florey Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide Medical School, Frome Road, Adelaide

COST: Free - but bookings are essential

BOOKINGS: To book a seat at the lecture, contact Leanne Winter on (08) 8303 4084 or email:


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