I would like to introduce you all to Dr Matthew Burge.
Matt is the man who has quite possibly saved my life through a GI Trial. Matt is climbing Mt Anconcagau in Argentina to raise funds for (GI) Gastro Intestinal Trials here in Australia, and I would like to ask you all to share your great karma and support Matt, up this very cold and difficult climb.
Matt has ditched his Cycling Cleats for Climbing Cleats . . . pretty scary stuff if you ask me!
Please help Matt raise funds for GI trials . . . Matt specialises in GI Trials, trials that save people like me.
PS. You can read my story @
“My Walk with Cholangio the Beast”
Dr Matt Burge is a medical oncologist based at Icon Cancer Care Chermside with a strong interest in gastrointestinal malignancies.
Dr Burge trained as a medical oncologist in Brisbane before undertaking a fellowship in the UK in gastrointestinal cancer. He returned to Brisbane in 2006 and is currently staff specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, the Prince Charles Hospital and Rockhampton Base Hospital. He is also a visiting oncologist at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton.
Dr Burge has a broad range of experience in most solid tumour types but has a particular interest in gastrointestinal malignancies. He is involved in a number of clinical trials at the Royal Brisbane Hospital across a range of malignancies.
Dr Burge has also been involved in clinical trials addressing important questions in the management of early breast cancer, metastatic melanoma, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and head and neck cancer in addition to the gastrointestinal malignancies.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Medical Oncology Group of Australia
Australian Medical Association
Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group
As a medical oncologist, I have seen first-hand how medical research and clinical trials provide better treatments for patients with gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer. In 2017/2018, I will climb Aconcagua, in Argentina, one of the seven summits. At 6,960 metres, it will be cold and it will be hard, but it will be nothing compared to what GI cancer patients go through. I am doing this climb for my patients and to change these statistics: The five year survival rate for GI cancer is just 49%. Every 45 minutes, an Australian dies because of GI cancer. Before I go, I’m raising vital funds for GI cancer clinical trials. Please help me to get to the top by donating today. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support. Matt
In 2017-2018, a team of intrepid adventurers will climb one of the seven summits, Aconcagua, in Argentina.
Aconcagua (Ah-kon-CAR-gwa) is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, rising 1,000m above its neighbours and is visible from the Pacific coast 100 kilometres away. This will be a challenging climb of 6,962 metres which will test our gutsy climbers physically and mentally.
What is GI, and why raise funds?
The team are raising funds to support innovative and vital research into gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer, to provide better treatments for people living with GI cancer. Our ultimate aim is to make GI cancer a disease of the past.
GI cancer affects the oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bowel. Over 24,000 Australians are affected every year and 33 Australians die every day. That’s one person every 45 minutes.
The five-year survival rate is just 49% and we want to lift it!
The GI Cancer Institute saves lives by funding gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer clinical trials research in Australia.
Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancers include the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bowel. GI Cancers are the most common form of cancer, directly affecting more than 24,000 Australians each year and claiming a devastating 33 lives a day.
The research that we fund enables Australians with GI cancer to receive the best medical treatment. By conducting research in Australia, our cancer patients receive new treatments three to five years earlier than if the research was to take place overseas.
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Rocky doctor set to tackle mammoth mountain
LOFTY AMBITIONS: Dr Matthew Burge at a high tea fundraiser at the Gardens on Saturday. He is hoping to raise $100,000 by climbing Mt Aconcagua.Zhanae Conway-Dodd
DR MATTHEW Burge is set to climb the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, all in the name of cancer research.
The medical oncologist who works at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton has been treating cancer patients locally for more than 10 years.
He was first attracted to the field as a junior doctor. The young man was always fascinated by the disease, what caused it and how it affected people.
Through his time in the field he has seen the advances in cancer care. He also knows that with good-quality research, better advances can be made, resulting in better patient outcomes.
However, that research needs funding.
So the medical research group, which Dr Burge is a member of, decided to join the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group program and climb Mt Aconcagua in Argentina with hopes of raising $100,000, which would go towards Australian research into gastro-intestinal cancers.
Dr Burge said that while the three-week climb, set to take place in January, was a little nerve-racking, it was nothing compared to what cancer patients go through.
“It’s nearly 7000m of altitude so this will be a major, tough challenge and that is supposed to symbolise what our patients go through. We want to try and empathise with the hardship that our patients have to endure,” he said.
“I feel nervous as I’ve never climbed anything higher than Mt Kosciuszko but at least it’s supposed to be a trek so there are no vertical cliff faces or ropes but there will be ice and it will be minus-30 towards the summit.”
Dr Burge, who has been an oncologist for 15 years, has been training every day to ensure he is fit enough to take part in the climb.
“I already cycle 250km a week, that’s what I do ordinarily, but in addition to that I’ve seen an exercise physiologist to get strength training three times a week and bush walking and hiking as well as running,” he said.
“You have to carry your backpack as well so there are lots of chin-ups and sit-ups to strengthen your body.”
Dr Burge said the AGITTG had conducted fundraising challenges for about five years now with Mt Aconcagua being the toughest yet.
“So previously they’ve done cycling across Cambodia, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, but this is the biggest challenge to date to climb Mt Aconcagua,” he said. “It’s the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere and is the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.
“We will be climbing that in January and we are going to try and raise approximately $100,000, which goes directly to Australian research into gastro-intestinal cancers.”
The five-year survival rate for gastro-intestinal cancer is 49%.
Every 45 minutes, an Australian dies because of gastro-intestinal cancer.
To donate to Matt’s mammoth climb head to donate.grassrootz.com/gicancer/the-aconcagua-gutsy-challenge/matt
My full name is Stephen Allan Gamble-Holmes & I live on the Gold Coast of Australia. I am an ‘Active Lifestyler’, Cyclist, Writer and Cancer Fighter.
A NEW FREEDOM FROM THE CONFORMITY OF THE CENTRE.
Cancer transported me to the edge, from the edge I see more, I sense more… a freedom from the conformity of the centre. The need to conform has disappeared, I now have a clean slate with lots of exciting people, ideas, opportunities and possibilities to fill my life . . . Life never seems to travel in a straight line . . . especially for me it would seem . . . please join me on my journey, it’ll be fun at the very least!
My Walk with Cholangio the Beast