Dr Kathy Pope is a Radiation Oncologist working at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) since 2010, who treats skin cancer and melanoma predominantly. She also has a strong interest in palliative radiotherapy, having completed a fellowship in the Palliative Radiation Oncology Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada. Prior to this, Kathy studied medicine at Monash University, Melbourne, and completed her radiation oncology training at Peter Mac, Melbourne and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
Kathy has a busy clinical practice at the Moorabbin Peter Mac satellite centre (in collaboration with Monash Health), contributes to the weekly Melanoma MDM/clinic at Peter Mac, Parkville and also attends the monthly Complex Skin MDM/clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital. She is involved in various research activities and is a member of the Australia & New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG) & the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG). She enjoys her involvement with the Targeting Cancer Management Committee (part of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists) & Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network Expert Group (Melanoma & Skin Cancer).
Kathy was principal investigator of a multi-site prospective trial examining safety and biological effects of combining Ipilimumab and radiotherapy, and Ipilimumab, Nivolumab and radiotherapy in patients with metastatic melanoma. She was also the site PI for a radiotherapy trial for patients with neurotropic melanoma of the head & neck region. Kathy has previously been awarded a Western & Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) grant for a “Palliative Radiotherapy Rapid Access Clinic (PRRAC) – Pilot project to assess clinic implementation and patient outcomes”. She also enjoys educating junior staff & colleagues about the role of radiation therapy; an often unfamiliar area of medicine.