The Supportive Oncology Research Group (SORT) is responsible for a wide range of research projects.
Some focus on complementary therapies: using acupuncture to manage hot flushes associated with taking Tamoxifen as an adjuvant treatment for early breast cancer, and introducing Reiki as a service are two examples.
Others explore ‘self help’ and ‘self management’: patients attend courses or learn new techniques in order to take responsibility for managing their health.
SORT is also actively developing questionnaires and measurement tools to monitor areas such as quality of life, spiritual wellbeing and distress.
Much of this work is done in collaboration with the EORTC Quality of Life Group. We also participate in ongoing clinical trials at the cancer treatment centre, which investigate new drugs or new regimes.
We recently participated in one postal survey to find out patients’ views on complementary therapies and a second to ascertain their experiences whilst having radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment.
Members of the research team have academic links with local universities and sit on a number of prestigious national research committees.
Contact Teresa Young for more information about SORT’s ongoing research programme.
Last updated: December 20, 2012