Novel senescence markers predicting chemotherapy related toxicity and treatment outcome in older lung cancer patients
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
|Dr Claire Maddison||Claire.Maddison@mh.org.au||0393422635|
|Prof Andrea Maieremail@example.com||0393422635||Personal web page|
The majority of cancers occur in patients over the age of 65 years. There is now widespread understanding that older patients are heterogeneous in terms of their physical, biological and social functioning, and that the biological age is predicting cancer treatment related outcome, such as toxicity and mortality. We hypothesis that biological markers characterising the hallmarks of ageing, especially cellular senescence and DNA damange, are linked to the treatment outcome.
The project is embedded in the ongoing, worldwide first RCT examining the utility of CGA and associated interventions in patients aged 65 years or older with a new diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer. Patients are assessed at baseline and followed up at 3, 6 and 12 months. Novel senescence markers will be tested and related to the clinical phenotype and outcome of the patients. This research will eventually help predicting outcome of cancer patients and personalizing cancer treatment.
Prerequisite: interest in geriatric oncology, preferable lab skills, basic epidemiological/statistical skills, capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team, passion to unravel the ageing process.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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