Community Cancer Panel
CONCERT is fortunate to have an excellent panel who generously provide their time, knowledge and expertise to assist researchers on their project applications to major funding bodies, which ensures our research will meet the needs of those affected by cancer.
All of our Community Cancer Panel members have been trained by Cancer Voices and Cancer Council.
If you would like more information on our Community Cancer Panel events then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Community Panel Member Stories
In 2003, at the age of 23, my son was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and needed surgery followed by several different therapies. Nine years later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I completed my treatment, I decided I wanted to do something meaningful as a way of expressing my gratitude for the wonderful care both my son and I had received.
I signed up to be a member of the Community Cancer Panel in 2013, and since then, have been involved in a number of projects where I provide feedback from a community perspective.
The people working in medical research are amazing. They are so dedicated and work extremely hard. Being involved in the Community Cancer Panel is my way of helping the people who’ve helped me.
My brother, David Iora, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2011 and was told he had just one month to live. He was fit and healthy with no prior health issues so his diagnosis at age 49 came as a shock, not only to him, but to his family and friends.
With no cure for his cancer, David underwent palliative chemotherapy and I witnessed the rapid deterioration in his health during that period. David passed away after a three-and-a-half month battle with cancer.
Deeply affected by his death, I searched for an avenue where I could be of help in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Hearing about the excellent work being conducted at the Ingham Institute, I joined the Community Cancer Panel and am matched with research teams seeking consumer involvement.
I was first affected by cancer with the death of my mother from breast cancer at age 51. In 2003, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and five-and-a-half years later doctors found early-stage cancer in my gall bladder.
I am now cancer-free and this is largely due to the excellent work of medical staff and behind-the-scenes medical research.
My involvement with the Cancer Community Panel is my way of expressing my gratitude and giving back to medical research community so that one day we might see an end to this disease.