The project brings together a multidisciplinary team at the University including oncologist and cancer survivorship researcher Professor Bogda Koczwara (BMBS ’90), psychology researcher Associate Professor Sarah Cohen-Woods, molecular biologist Associate Professor Michael Michael, and endocrinologist Associate Professor Morton Burt.
Focusing on women receiving treatment for breast cancer, they hope to facilitate earlier detection and intervention.
‘Our study will provide information on the feasibility of measuring cortisol in patients with cancer, using their hair samples to assess variation in results and change following chemo administration,’ says Professor Koczwara.
To undertake the specialised measurements, the pilot study will collaborate with a research laboratory in Dresden, Germany.
Supported by a donation from Beryl, the new research aligns with the Flinders University Cancer Survivorship Group priorities for research into breast cancer survivorship, and the commitment to support research into wellness as part of the Flinders Wellness Centre at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.
It is pleasing to report that Beryl has had her cancer removed, followed by radiation treatment, and is now in recovery. Her partner James has recovered from pneumonia and is also doing well.