12:27am Monday 30 March 2020

The researcher and the advocate talk breast cancer

In a free public lecture on Wednesday, Professor Kilbreath and Sally Crossing will reflect on the experiences that have shaped their careers and fostered a desire to improve treatment and support for the next generation of women diagnosed with cancer.

“Following my surgery we were given a list of dos and don’ts that weren’t really evidenced based, such as ‘don’t lift heavy objects’ or ‘don’t travel on planes’,” said Professor Kilbreath.

“Our research has come a long way towards debunking these myths about the causes of lymphedema­­ and other complications that can arise after breast cancer therapy.

“This information removes some of the fear around battling cancer and allows women who have been diagnosed to live more full and productive lives.”

In this talk Professor Kilbreath will present her latest breast cancer rehabilitation research and Ms Crossing will discuss her involvement in 20 years of the cancer consumer advocacy movement in Australia.

Sharon Kilbreath is a Professor of Physiotherapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney anda previous National Breast Cancer Foundation Research Fellow. She leads a team of laboratory-based and clinical researchers carrying out world-first research into the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoedema (chronic swelling of the arm or chest) and othercomplications that arise afterbreast cancer therapy.

Sally Crossing AM
is living well with advanced breast cancer, having been first diagnosed in 1995. She founded and chaired the Breast Cancer Action Group from 1997, and Cancer Voices, the generic voice of people affected by cancer, from 2000. In 2005 Sally was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in cancer consumer advocacy. She is an economics graduate of the University of Sydney and in November will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Health Sciences) in recognition of her extraordinary leadership and multifaceted contributions, not only in support of people with cancer, but also in improving the general wellbeing of the community.


Event: LEADING CHANGE: Breast Cancer Research and Consumer Advocacy
Wednesday 19 November

Time:6.30 – 8pm

Venue: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney



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