A primary care clinician-led symptom management program for breast cancer survivors: Intervention development and validation
This project is supported by the COVID-19 Supplementary Funding Pool Scheme allocated by the Federal Government. This project aims to develop and evaluate a primary care clinician-led supportive care program to facilitate the self-management of symptom distress in breast cancer survivors at three primary care medical centres in Queensland. The supportive care program is the first to systematically incorporate evidence-based strategies to enable ongoing symptom management in breast cancer survivors. The program is highly compatible with Medicare, which can potentially inform Australia’s healthcare policy and facilitate rapid dissemination of the program to practice with long-term sustainability while reducing unnecessary burden on the health system and individuals.
Effects of acupressure on fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer patients: A three-arm sham-controlled randomized trial [Phase III Randomized Controlled Trial]
This project is supported by the competitive CDIPS Fellowship. The project design follows one of the most rigorous guides for developing and evaluating evidence-based interventional studies and aims to introduce a clinical and cost-effective self-practiced acupressure intervention that can be incorporated in existing cancer care service for long term symptom alleviation.
Development and preliminary evaluation of an evidence-based somatic acupressure protocol for the self-management of symptom cluster of fatigue, insomnia and depression in breast cancer patients [Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial]
This is an international collaborative research project that aims to develop and test an evidence-based acupressure protocol for managing the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer patients. This project will provide preliminary evidence to support a promising nonpharmacological approach that can be transferred quickly into practice to help alleviate cancer symptoms, reduce individual financial burden, and potentially increase completion rates of routine cancer treatment.
Resistance inspiratory muscle training (IMT) for breathlessness in patients with thoracic malignancies: A randomized controlled trial [Phase III Randomized Controlled Trial]
This study aims to assess the effects of IMT on breathlessness in patients with thoracic malignancies. Evidence identified from this study could facilitate the evidence translation from research to clinical practice by introducing lung cancer patients with an effective and convenient self-management approach to managing their breathlessness which is usually less responsive to conventional pharmacological interventions.
Acupuncture for joint symptoms in breast cancer patients: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial [Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial]
This project aims to examine the effectiveness of acupuncture for the management of joint symptoms in breast cancer patients who are currently undergoing hormone treatments following the completion of taxane-based chemotherapy. The study will investigate and interpret the use, delivery and outcomes of acupuncture in the management of a debilitating symptom of cancer therapies in order to inform clinical decision-making and policy-making and contribute to the evidence base for the treatment of hormone treatment-related joint symptoms.
Effects of a traditional Chinese exercise program-tai chi on symptom cluster in breast cancer patients: a preliminary randomized controlled trial [Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial]
This project is supported by the highly competitive Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Award. The overall aim of this project is to test the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based tai chi intervention to manage the breast cancer symptom cluster and to preliminarily explore the effects of tai chi on patients’ symptom cluster and QoL through a preliminary randomized controlled trial.
An Evidence-based Breathing Exercise Intervention for Chronic Pain Management in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial [Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial]
This project is supported by the highly competitive Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Award. The overall aim of this project is to examine the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based breathing exercise intervention protocol for female breast cancer survivors and to preliminarily explore the effectiveness of the breathing exercise intervention for cancer pain management.