Breast Cancer Trials annual conference
Breast Cancer Trials Australia & New Zealand (BCTANZ) is the largest breast cancer research group in NZ and many of the clinical trials that the WBCRT team enable are coordinated through this group.
Waikato researchers, Dr Ian Campbell, Dr Marion Kuper and research nurse Heather Flay attended the BCT conference held this year in Adelaide, South Australia.
There were many eminent international breast cancer experts who updated conference attendees on a cross section of topics relating to breast cancer diagnosis, care and treatment.
Topics covered advances in breast imaging, the management of low to intermediate grade ductal carcinoma insitu (surgery or active monitoring) and the need to develop laboratory tests that distinguish between aggressive and non-progressive forms of DCIS (which is sometimes referred to as a pre-cancerous condition), the introduction of new technologies to assess surgical margins during breast conserving surgery and more.
It is always inspiring to have local and international experts passing on their knowledge and experience of practice and research from international cancer centres. We can bring this knowledge back for the benefit of Waikato wāhine/women.