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Award honour for Trust cancer care researcher

International nursing expert Professor Kinta Beaver has been awarded a prestigious prize for her pioneering research comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for patients after treatment for breast cancer.

She won the Brian Booth Oncology Research Prize, awarded by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, for her study which was also published in the British Medical Journal. The £2000 prize is awarded every two to three years in memory of Brian Booth, former chairman of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to education and support for cancer services.

Based at the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at the Trust, Professor Beaver led the study which compared traditional hospital follow-up with telephone follow-up by specialist nurses after treatment for breast cancer. 374 women treated for breast cancer, who were at low to moderate risk of recurrence, took part in the study; women remained in the study for an average of two years. They were drawn from outpatient clinics at two NHS Trusts in the North West. The randomised trial compared traditional hospital follow-up (consultation, clinical examination and mammography) with telephone follow-up by specialist nurses (consultation with some intervention and mammography). The main conclusions of the study were that telephone follow-up was well received by the participants, with no physical or psychological disadvantage. It is suitable for women at low to moderate risk of recurrence and those with long travelling distances or mobility problems, and reduces the burden on busy hospital clinics.

Professor Beaver also presented her research findings at the 11th Annual Australian Breast Care Nurses conference held in Melbourne in February, where she was the international keynote speaker. "Together with my research colleagues, I'm very pleased by the positive response to our findings, and hope they will help to make a real difference to the support given to women after surgery for breast cancer," she said.

"I'm also very honoured to accept the Brian Booth award, which will be used to provide additional training for breast care nurses providing telephone follow-up." Professor Beaver has a distinguished career in researching ways to provide better support and information to people with cancer, and developing and evaluating innovative ways of providing follow-up care post treatment. She works closely with colleagues across the BRC to develop research projects led by nurses.

"Our congratulations to Kinta on her outstanding success," said BRC director Professor Phil Baker. "Her work is at the heart of what we aim to do in the BRC - by using our research skills we can make a real difference to the quality of care our patients receive."