This study is looking at different ways of holding your breath during radiotherapy for breast cancer, and at the position you lay on the radiotherapy couch. These techniques may lower the risk of long term side effects to the heart.

Having radiotherapy after surgery for breast cancer can help stop the cancer coming back. Your team will take great care to plan your radiotherapy so that the beam reaches as little surrounding tissue as possible, because this type of exposure to radiation can cause side effects months, or even years after treatment. The affected tissue may include your lung, ribs and, if the cancer is in your left breast, your heart.

Doctors want to find ways of lowering the risk of side effects as much as possible. This study is looking at improving radiotherapy treatment for women with left sided breast cancer, which has a greater risk of long term side effects to the heart. Holding your breath in a particular way may reduce the amount of heart tissue exposed to X-rays. Women are taught to hold their breath for about 20 seconds while they have radiotherapy. Breathing in pulls the heart away from the radiotherapy beam. Also, lying face down (prone) on the radiotherapy couch rather than on your back may help to reduce the amount of heart tissue exposed to X-rays in larger breasted women. But doctors do not know whether a certain breathing technique, or position, works best. The aim of this study is to find out if one method is better than the other at reducing radiation to the heart tissue.


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OPTIMA is a patient driven clinical study for people with hormone sensitive early breast cancer. 

OPTIMA aims to improve the way we make decisions about whom we offer chemotherapy to following surgery.
Check the website link for more information or listen to the short video to explain the trial.


Immunology Talk

On the 25th March we held an interactive talk and discussion on immunology.

The talk was given by Dr Edd James, Cancer Immunologist from the university of Southampton. The tallk is now available on YouTube - click here to listen. 


Long Term Survivor Study 

Continuum Life Sciences are looking for volunteers who have survived aggressive, difficult to treat cancer against all odds to take part in their Long-Term Survivor of Cancer Study. For more information and how you can join go to their website.


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FAST-Forward Trial Results

A one-week course of radiotherapy in fewer but larger daily doses was found to be as safe and effective as standard three-week therapy for women following surgery for early stage breast cancer. Trial results now published. Two ICPV members provided the PPI for this key trial. Full details can be found on the ICR Website.

ICPV Brighton Summer School Aug 2019

ICPV was once again hosted by SHORE-C at the University of Sussex. Click here for more info.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2018

ICPV member Pat Fairbrother attended this event on an Alamo Foundation Scholarship. Click here to read her review.

Gap Analysis in Breast Surgery Published

The 2013 Breast Cancer Campaign gap analysis established breast cancer research priorities without a specific focus on surgical research or the role of surgeons on breast cancer research. This Review aims to identify opportunities and priorities for research in breast surgery to complement the 2013 gap analysis. Click here for more information

ICPV Review 2018
We have at last published a new edition of our review. This was achieved by a grant from Novartis. Click here for more information. 

Award for ICPV Member

Many congratulations to ICPV member Margaret Grayson. On 21 April 2018 she received the Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, presented by the Women’s Forum of Northern Ireland. This is very well deserved for her tireless work in furthering cancer research especially in Northern Ireland.

eCancer Videos

At the BACR/ECMC conference in July Maggie Wilcox and Mairead Mackenzie were persuaded to speak to the camera. Maggie gave a background to ICPV and our aims and objectives. While Mairead focused on her specific interests and activities. To view follow the links below.

Maggie Wilcox

Mairead MacKenzie

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