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Developing a geriatric assessment tool for older women with early primary breast cancer

Project fact file

Mr Kwok-Leung Cheung
School / Division
Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine
Breast cancer geriatric oncology geriatric assessment
Fee band
Medium-cost research
Date posted
November 2017

Project description

The majority of breast cancers occur in older women. The elderly population has specific needs which impact on their reaction to diagnosis, decision making process, and quality of life (QOL), due to psychosocial background and physical co-morbidities. Despite having an important health problem now and in the foreseeable future, the population concerned is underserved and under-researched.

There is currently a research programme on various (biological, psychosocial and health economical) aspects of early primary breast cancer in older women, led by Mr KL Cheung, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences & Graduate Entry Medicine, School of Medicine. The team includes collaborators from Schools of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, and also external institutions in the UK (Nottingham Trent University, Breast Cancer Care, Derby Hospitals, Nottingham University Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals) and in the US (City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durate, California and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston).

Specifically this project will be around the development of a geriatric assessment tool in this population. Ethics approval has already been obtained to perform comprehensive geriatric assessment and to formulate a more complete understanding of quality of life and treatment decision making in older women with early primary breast cancer.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Mr Cheung and another colleague from the University or NHS as appropriate.  The applicant is expected to conduct the study in a clinical environment with patient contact.  Standard vetting procedures, including DBS check, will be required.

For further information or informal enquiries, please send your CV to Mr Cheung.


School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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