Women with primary breast cancer are commonly treated with chemotherapy and with endocrine therapy in addition to surgery to reduce the risk of disease recurrence. Chemotherapy is usually reserved for patients at higher risk. It is clear however that many patients don’t benefit from chemotherapy despite its side effects and costs. The OPTIMA trial will evaluate multi-parameter pathology tests that could offer improved identification of patients who might benefit from chemotherapy. Specifically it will examine whether these tests provide equivalent outcomes for patients, but with lower use of chemotherapy and lower total costs of care including the costs of the tests.
ICPV Has been involved with this trial from the start most recently with the organisation of Focus Groups on behalf of the team at Warwick.
Adrienne Morgan is part of the project team and is named as a co-author on the recent launch paper - see below
For more information go to http://www.hta.ac.uk/project/2791.asp
We are pleased to announce that the VOICE course will be residential and held at Barts Cancer Centre from 4-8 Sept. Click here for further details.
OPTIMA is a patient driven clinical study for people with hormone sensitive early breast cancer.
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.
Save the planet and donate to ICPV - send ecards go tour Fundraising page for mor information.
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.