National Research Roadshow arrives in Adelaide

October 4th, 2012

Andreas-EvdokiouAs part of the National Research Roadshow, Professor Andreas Evdokiou, a National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) funded researcher from the University of Adelaide, discussed the latest developments in his research that aims to understand the spread of breast cancer to bone and why bone provides such a fertile ‘soil’ for tumour cells to develop.

The most frequent site for secondary breast cancer to develop is in bone and, as a result, patients can face numerous complications, including chronic bone pain, bone fractures and even paralysis. Professor Evdokiou’s research is looking into how novel and existing cancer therapies affect the growth of secondary cancers in bone, with an ultimate aim of developing more effective treatment options and improved outcomes for people living with secondary breast cancer. This research also has significant implications for other cancers that frequently spread to bone, including prostate and lung cancer.

“While our research focuses on the development, progression and secondary spread of breast cancer, our findings will have important implications for other cancers that frequently spread to bone, including prostate and lung cancer,” said Professor Evdokiou.

“Our main goal is to continue towards developing new and cutting-edge therapies to improve the quality of life and longevity of patients with bone related malignancies.”

Carole Renouf, NBCF CEO said, “NBCF is the leading breast cancer research funding body in Australia. Our aspirational goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030 will only come from understanding more about this disease. Professor Evdokiou’s research is one piece of the puzzle in the fight against breast cancer.”

To hear Professor Evdokiou discuss the latest developments in his research, visit ABC Online. Carole Renouf, NBCF CEO, also discusses how NBCF is using your donations to advance our knowledge and understanding of breast cancer.