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Dr Susannah Stanway, Oncology research in low- and middle-income countries

Global Challenges Research project

With funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund we are currently collaborating with colleagues in Tanzania and Ghana to compare unmet needs in women following primary breast cancer treatment with women in the UK. We are also looking at the feasibility of implementing holistic needs assessments, care plans and treatment summaries in these two African countries. With our colleagues in Tanzania and Ghana we are working with nurses to develop the competencies required to support women after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Consequently, in our laboratory, a focus is placed on tumour cells in the context of their cellular and non-cellular environments, particularly the metastatic microenvironment. Our goal is to identify pathways and processes that can be targeted for the prevention or suppression of secondary disease or which are responsible for treatment-resistant tumour progression.

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