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Matching treatment to cancer

Cell death genes that are essential for cancer therapy have been identified.

With the number of cases of cancer continuing to grow, a recently launched cancer nursing research unit will help meet the needs of people in NSW by extending role of nurses in both clinical and community sectors.

The unit is a collaboration between Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney, the Cancer Institute of New South Wales and the Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. It combines Sydney Nursing School's strength in cancer and palliative care research and the Sydney Cancer Centre's excellence in clinical cancer care to develop and support cancer nursing clinicians across NSW.

Leading the unit will be Kate White, whose appointment as Professor of Cancer Nursing is NSW's first Academic Chair in Cancer Nursing.

Under her leadership the unit provides support in areas of cancer nursing research, education, models of service provision and is working to optimise state-wide cancer nursing services.

"Specialist cancer nurses have a central role in the delivery of quality cancer services. In NSW, where there are over 2000 cancer and palliative care nurses, they are the largest professional group involved in cancer care," she said.

"They have high level expertise in coordinating, supporting and managing the patient through diagnosis, treatment and recovery in both acute care and community settings. Their specialised knowledge enables them to provide better care which ultimately improves patient outcomes."

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