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12 July 2010 | PR 10/110

Volunteers needed to help in breast cancer study

A Loughborough University study on the effect of chemotherapy on memory and concentration is looking for female volunteers, who have no previous history of cancer.

The study is being carried out by researchers in Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in conjunction with Leicester Royal Infirmary and Nottingham City Hospital. Its main aim is to discover more about how treatment affects breast cancer patients.

Existing research suggests that some patients receiving chemotherapy may experience side effects which impact on their memory and concentration.   This study aims to explore these suggestions and investigate their validity.

Lead researcher, Catherine Lawrence explains the importance of the study in understanding the effects of chemotherapy and the need for non cancer patients to clarify results.

She said: “Inclusion of the control group will help to map out any treatment effects more clearly providing a better understanding of any effects of chemotherapy on memory and concentration in breast cancer patients.”

“We would like women to get the support they need to continue performing their everyday tasks successfully and identify where any minor adjustments are necessary.”

The study requires participants to fill in four questionnaires over a 12-month period.  Questions include themes on tiredness, memory and concentration.  Any females over the age of 18, who have no previous history of cancer or cancer treatment, are invited to participate. 

All participants will receive a summary of the research findings and will be kept up-to-date on the experiences of the group.

For more information and to register participation please contact Catherine Lawrence, PhD Research Student, 01509 228151, C.L.Lawrence@lboro.ac.uk

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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