Fields: Cancers, Public Health

Location: Princess Alexandra Hospital 

Type of student: Both types will be considered (i.e. you are flexible with your project/s) 

Brief synopsis

The 'Optimising Care: Supporting you to be active and eat well' pilot study is funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and is being led by researchers at UQ in collaboration with clinician researchers at Icon Cancer Care, RBWH, PAH and Mater Health Services.

This is a single-arm (pre- post-test design) study which aims to assess the feasibility and safety of a 16-week exercise and dietary intervention for women with metastatic breast cancer and assess the preliminary efficacy on patient outcomes (including quality of life, physical function and lean body mass).

The study will recruit 50-60 women diagnosed with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer:
- diagnosed with MBC in previous 5 years or progression over the last 2 years
- estimated prognosis of at least 12 months
- ECOG performance status 0-2
- deemed otherwise suitable for participation
- resides within the greater Brisbane area

Women will be recruited primarily via oncologists and nursing staff at the participating Brisbane hospitals and clinics. Potential participants will be provided with study information at routine appointments or may be posted study information from their oncologist.

Princess Alexandra Hospital has a database of patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, who could be mailed information about the study. Prior to posting study information directly to potential participants, their vital status must first be confirmed. This project would involve checking patients vital status on electronic medical records. 

This project will initially commence as volunteer/extracurricular work for an MD student but has the potential to lead to more research opportunities (e.g. HDR project) for an interested student. For example, we will be gaining consent to access patients radiological images, such as CT scans, to assess muscle mass and sarcopenia.

Time frame: September - December 2018 for initial work





A/Prof Marina Reeves

Associate Professor
School of Public Health