Cancer researchers give thanks to 1300 women

11 Aug 2016

The Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer (QCGC) Research has paid tribute to women who participate in clinical trials, ahead of a patient symposium on research outcomes.

University of Queensland researcher and QCGC Research Director Professor Andreas Obermair said 1300 women with ovarian, uterine, cervical and other gynaecological cancers had participated in 10 trials at the centre since 2003. The women were predominantly from Queensland.

“Their contribution is crucial when it comes to ensuring that women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer get the best possible standard of care, here and around the world,” Professor Obermair said.

“These women are going through a distressing time and they trust us with their lives. We are extremely grateful.”

Professor Obermair said the UQ-led research focused on identifying causes and preventing gynaecological cancer, as well as finding better treatment options.

“More than 5600 new cases of gynaecological cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year,” he said.

“These women will have a 68 per cent chance of surviving five years, compared to 90 per cent for breast cancer.

“Clearly there is still a lot of work to be done in improving gynaecological cancer rates.”

Professor Obermair said women who agreed to participate in clinical trials did so on the basis that they may receive standard care or the treatment being trialled.

“Patients participate to help others – and while they may also receive the latest treatment there are no guarantees,” he said.

“Because of the contribution these women make to our research, we make a point of reporting back to them on what we have achieved through their participation.

“An ovarian cancer survivor will MC the symposium, and experts will provide practical advice and information useful for all women during and post gynaecological cancer treatment.”

Professor Obermair said the symposium had been scheduled to allow regional women travelling to Brisbane for the Ekka to attend.

Women, families and friends affected by gynaecological cancer are invited to the symposium on Saturday 13 August at the United Service Club in Spring Hill from 9am to 12.30pm. More information is available from Danielle Mills on 07 3646 8522.

Media: Kim Lyell, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,, +61 7 3346 5214, 0427 530647.