Oncology Clinical Trials

In a clinical trial, people volunteer to test the most up-to-date drugs, treatments, interventions or tests to help prevent, detect, treat or manage a disease or medical condition. It usually involves the random allocation of participants to a treatment group that may include either the standard of care treatment plus the new treatment, or the…

Hydration message needs diluting

Keeping hydrated is an accepted part of being healthy for many of us, but recent research suggests that drinking excessive amounts of fluid when exercising might not be so beneficial for our health. Professor Emergency Medicine Ian Rogers from St John of God Murdoch Hospital says the message to ‘drink, drink, drink’ is a relatively new one and just a generation ago,…

Septic shock treatment examined

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is participating in a global trial which aims to discover if patients with septic shock recover better with or without a low dosage of steroids. Approximately one quarter of people who suffer septic shock that is not rapidly reversed will die. Principal Investigator Dr Adrian Regli says administering hydrocortisone is standard practice for…

Building a bridge between older and younger nurses

Researchers from St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Murdoch University are embarking on a study to examine the nature of relationships between older and younger nurses and midwives. Professor Leanne Monterosso from the hospital says the study aims to reveal if there is tension between different age groups and if there are issues, how to improve these working relationships. “We…

Carers’ stress addressed

Every year, 200 people in WA are diagnosed with a High Grade Glioma, commonly known as a brain tumour. It is almost invariably fatal, with a rapid decline in function and independence and affects not only the patient, but the carer and family unit. People with brain tumours experience cognitive and behavioural changes, they cannot…

“Get moving!”

Mounting evidence shows that integrating exercise into cancer patients’ health plans is hugely beneficial in helping people tolerate treatment, contribute to recovery, as well as prevent its recurrence. Research over the last 10 years has revealed physical activity is associated with lower overall mortality for men diagnosed with prostate cancer¹, a reduction in the risk…

Fewer side effects for chemo patients

At St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Oncology Clinical Trials Unit (MOCTU), patients are experiencing fewer of the side effects of chemotherapy from a new trial treatment for breast cancer. Patient Rosie Myers, who had early stage breast cancer, says the trial drugs have given her a new lease on life after enduring the effects of standard chemotherapy. “I have much more…