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Centre for Behavioural
Research in Cancer

IMPROVE: Improving Management by Participatory Research in Oncology: a Victorian experiment

This project studies the patterns and patients experiences of care of Victorians undergoing treatment for several specific types of cancer including renal cancer, multiple myeloma, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. In these studies, medical records of all patients diagnosed over a specific period of time identified through the Victorian Cancer Registry are audited to determined treatment received. Patients and carers are also approached to participate in surveys of their experiences of care, which enables assessment of met and unmet needs, anxiety and depression. Building on this project, researchers working on IMPROVE are investigators on a renal cancer pattern of care study in Queensland, with the aim of examining impact of examining the impact of residential location on care and establishing a larger cohort of patients with advanced disease to examine treatment patterns.

CBRC staff

Prof Vicki White, Prof David Hill

Collaborators

Prof Graham Giles (Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division, Cancer Council Victoria), Dr Susan Jordan (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute), Dr Devesh Oberoi (University of Calgary), A/Prof Michael Coory and Dr David Marco (University of Melbourne), Prof Miles Prince, Prof John Seymour, A/Prof Michael Jefford  and Dr Simon Harrison (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Prof Jeremy Millar (Alfred Health), Damien Bolton (Austin Health), Dr Nicole Wong Do (Concord Repatriation General Hospital), Ms Anne Kay (NEMICS), Prof Ian Davis and Prof Melissa Southey (Monash University), Prof Ingrid Winship (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Dr Ian Roos (Cancer Action Victoria)

Funding

Victorian Cancer Agency

Years

2008 - present