Cancer sufferer-turned treatment advocate Olivia Newton-John has championed the work of a Melbourne clinic named in her honour.
The 70-year-old Grease star joined experts on Monday to open the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Research Conference 2019, which will discuss a range of treatment elements including nursing, palliative care, research, clinical trials, and patient support.
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.
She subsequently got involved with fundraising and Melbourne's Alfred Health later established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.
The institute encourages music and art as sidelines to treatment, which Newton-John says were valuable tools in her own rehabilitation.
"I got to experience that and realise how incredibly important it is psychologically when you're going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment to have this outside support and creativity and things that inspire you to get well," she told Monday's audience.
Newton John also repeated her much-publicised praise for medicinal cannabis.
"Cannabis really helped me. I was able to wean myself off the morphine with cannabis," she said.
More research was needed into the use of cannabis, but Newton-John said it helped her ease pain and sleep.
"The proof is in the pudding and I'm the pudding."
Australian Associated Press