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OUR WORK: RESEARCH

PROSTATE CANCER Dr Howard Gurney Cancer Services, Westmead Hospital

When is it best to administer hormone therapy to men with relapsed or non-curable prostate cancer? Prostate cancer uses the male hormone, testosterone to grow. Hormone therapies reduce the amount of testosterone and cause most (but unfortunately not all) of the prostate cancer to die. Dr Howard Gurney is overseeing the NSW component of a multi-state study aimed at answering a fundamental question for men with prostate cancer: When should hormone therapy commence? SKIN CANCER Prof Gary Halliday Dermatology Research Laboratories, University of Sydney

Determining the role of UVA in the development of skin cancer Prof Gary Halliday and his research team aim to determine whether UVA-induced gene mutations play a role in the development of skin cancer. STOMACH CANCER A/Prof Hazel Mitchell Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences, University of NSW

How people’s genetic background affects their response to H. pylori infection and their likelihood of developing stomach cancer Stomach cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death killing more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. Being infected with the bacterium H. pylori has been identified as a major risk factor for developing stomach cancer, however, more than half of the world’s population are infected yet only one or two percent will get stomach cancer. Prof Mitchell and her team will examine how people’s genetic backgrounds affect their response to H. pylori infection and their likelihood of developing stomach cancer. THYROID CANCER Dr Cynthia Lean Institute for Magnetic Resonance Research

Using magnetic resonance techniques to find thyroid cancer without the need for surgery Thyroid lumps or nodules are common, particularly in women. Up to 10 percent of the population have thyroid nodules and while 90 to 95 percent of them will not be cancerous, ruling out cancer in particular nodules currently involves removing them by surgery for examination. In this study, Dr Cynthia Lean and her team will use magnetic resonance techniques to find thyroid cancer without the need for surgery.

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NSW CANCER COUNCIL · ANNUAL REPORT 2003/04

Cancer Council NSW Annual Report 2003-2004  

Cancer Council NSW Annual Report 2003-2004

Cancer Council NSW Annual Report 2003-2004  

Cancer Council NSW Annual Report 2003-2004