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Breast Cancer Guidelines

What is best practice in breast cancer surgery? How can the likelihood of repeat surgery be reduced? A researcher from Curtin University would like input from 2 Research Buddies who have had breast conserving surgery to support this project.

About the project/vacancy

Breast conserving surgery is an option for treatment of early breast cancer. Breast conserving surgery involves the removal of the cancer along with a surrounding area (margins) of normal tissue. Historically the ideal amount of normal healthy tissue removed has varied; balancing successful surgery whilst still giving the woman an acceptable appearance. The researcher’s previous work has established evidence-based guidelines identifying smaller margins than previous recommendations. This project will investigate the impact of these guidelines by looking at the rate of re-operation in Western Australia.

About the position

The researcher is looking for two women who have had breast conserving surgery to join the research team.

What am I expected to do?

The researcher would like your input into:

  • ·         Assist the researcher to analyse the data to ensure they understand what has been collected from a patients point of view
  • ·         How to influence current practice to implement the new guidelines from a patients point of view
  • ·         How to communicate the benefits of new guidelines to breast cancer patients

How long am I expected to be involved?

There will be two meetings the first one to outline the project, this will be held at the end of August 2019  with a follow up meeting to discuss the results in February 2020

Where will meetings be held?

Curtin University, Bentley campus

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium is paid. Support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 23 August 2019

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