Currently the Sussex Cancer Fund for Research and Treatment is supporting 2 novel research projects in conjunction with Brighton and Sussex Medical School. These are being undertaken by Dr Cressida Lorimer and Dr Sally Appleyard, specialist registrars in Clinical Oncology who have taken 2 years out of their training to dedicate to research.
Dr Lorimer is examining the management of elderly patients with aggressive brain tumours. There has been an international call for increasing the amount of research specifically aimed at older patients with cancer and there is currently a paucity of clinical trials amongst the neuro-oncology group. Dr Lorimer is examining how we can better individualise treatment strategies, assessing patients’ clinical parameters alongside imaging and molecular biomarkers. She is setting up a national study with collaboration from The Royal Marsden Hospital and The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. She is supervised by Dr Juliet Brock.
Dr Appleyard is running a national study looking at the quality of life experienced by patients after treatment for bladder cancer. This group of patients often have the option of surgery or radiotherapy treatment – both aiming to provide long term control of the disease. However, there is little direct evidence about the long term side effects of both treatments and how they impact on individual quality of life. Dr Appleyard’s project will seek to inform both patients and health care professionals in making treatment decisions. In addition the project will involve the use of novel “mobile – app” based data collection tools and an assessment of the ease of their use in this patient group. She is supervised by Dr Ashok Nikapota