HeartSpare

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.

 

For more information on this trial go to :

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/trials/a-study-looking-different-techniques-protect-heart-from-radiation-during-radiotherapy-breast-cancer-the-heartspare-study

 

AllTrials logo

News

2017 Summer School

The 2017 ICPV Summer School was held over two days in June at Stirling University. The theme of the event was Cancer Survivorship and Living Well Cancer.

VOICE 2016

A snapsot video of the the 2016 course is now available on YouTube VOICE2016

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

July 2016 Conferences

ICPV members were busy this week with two conferences. The BACR/ECMC Joint Meeting on Therapeutic Interventions for Cancer Prevention was held in Bristol July18-19. The UK Breast Cancer Research Symposium was held in London from July 22-23. Click here for more information.

UK Therapeutic Cancer Prevention Network (UKTCPN)

An update from this new group was presented to the ECMC Annual Network Meeting in May 2016. Click here to download and read. 

The Voice, Winter 2015-2016

The latest ICPV newsletter is now available. It has reviews of members activities, meeting attended and papers published. Go to the ICPV Publications page to download.

UNITE2CURE

Call for immediate change to European Paediatric Medicine Regulation to save more lives of children and teens with cancer.
A few basic changes to European Law could speed up access to newer, kinder and potentially better drugs for more children and teenagers with cancer. Click to Sign the petition 

TRACERx

Two years on from the start pioneering TRACERx lung cancer study. Click here For the latest news and patient views on this study. 

ICPV Summer School 2015

Qualitative Research Training Course at Warwick. Click here for a review of the session.

NCIN, Belfast, June 2015

Several ICPV members attended and spoke at this years conference. Click here for more.

Letter to Telegraph.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [809.6 KB]

Contact us by email

 

 

Or use our online contact form