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Chronic pain after surgery for breast cancer project

Have you had surgery for breast cancer? Did you experience chronic pain after the surgery?

Researchers at Royal Perth Hospital are looking for two people to join a reference group to advise on an exciting new project that aims to prevent the nervous system from ‘re-wiring’ following surgery, and therefore reduce pain.

About the project/vacancy

The LOLIPOP project (Long term Outcomes after Lidocaine Infusions for Post-Operative Pain) aims to explore whether giving lidocaine (a commonly used anaesthetic) during and immediately after surgery for breast cancer can prevent chronic pain in patients.

It is thought that the nervous system ‘re-wires’ following surgery, causing pain; by giving patients the drug, it is hoped that this will be prevented. Almost half of women who have surgery for breast cancer experience some chronic pain after surgery however this has been under recognised and there is no proven drug therapy to prevent it.

The project is currently undertaking a pilot study with the aim to secure additional funding to progress to a larger trial.

About the position

The research team would like two people to join the project’s consumer and community reference group.

What am I expected to do?

Reference group members will:

  • Review plain language summaries and other study documents
  • Discuss results of the pilot study
  • Provide input, from a lived experience, into the planning of a larger trial
  • Assist with communicating the results of the study to the wider community

What skills or experience do I need?

You need to have experienced chronic pain after surgery for breast cancer. Strong links to the wider community is desirable.

How long am I expected to be involved?

One year. Three meetings during the year (no more than two hours per meeting). If further funding is secured there will be opportunities to continue involvement in the project depending on your interest and availability.

Where will meetings be held?

Meeting location to be determined (will likely be Subiaco or surrounding areas).

What support is offered?

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

Applications close: 01 March 2019

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