Symposium shares latest breast cancer research

25 November 2010

The University of Sydney's Breast Cancer Research Group will hold a participant symposium this week to share research findings and ideas for future projects with the many women who have been involved in the work of the group since its inception in 2001.

Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath, Director of the Group and herself a survivor of the disease, says the pioneering work being conducted by the group in the area of rehabilitation following breast cancer would not have been possible without the support and involvement of research participants and volunteers.

"We sincerely appreciate the involvement of over 600 women who have participated in our studies to date and this is our way of giving back to them by sharing our findings and seeking their input on our future direction," she said.

The Breast Cancer Research Group's work is focused on identifying and modifying the painful long-term effects of breast cancer treatment, with the ultimate aim of improving overall quality of life.

"With the incidence of breast cancer rising, and around 87 percent of women now surviving for at least five years following initial treatment, it's becoming increasingly important to understand the long-term side effects of common treatments."

Some of the important research questions which will be discussed on the day include:

  • Should women be fearful of using their arm after early breast cancer surgery?
  • Is acupuncture of benefit to women suffering nausea from chemotherapy?
  • Can women exercise their 'at risk' arm early after breast cancer?
  • Can you get lymphoedema (painful swelling of the arm) from long distance travel after breast surgery?

Professor David Currow, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Cancer Institute will open the Symposium at the Faculty of Health Sciences on Friday 26 November.