The importance of scalp cooling as an option for patients to help prevent chemotherapy induced alopecia (CIA) in Australia.

Richard Paxman welcomes Prof. Fran Boyle of Mater Hospital and Catherine Paterson of the University of Canberra & Canberra Health Services, for the next conversation of the series.

Discussing Catherine’s paper ‘Identifying the supportive care needs of men and women affected by chemotherpy-induced alopecia? A systematic review’.

They will also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on oncology care, how digital options are enabling patient contact, and how important scalp cooling is as an option for patients in Australia.

Prof. Fran Boyle

Fran Boyle is a medical oncologist practicing mainly in breast cancer at the Mater Hospital at North Sydney. She is also a Professor at the Sydney Medical School, involved in teaching and research. Her special areas of interest include supportive care, and her team were instrumental in introducing the new generation scalp cooling devices into Australia. Working with the international CHILL consortium, she has helped to raise awareness of scalp cooling internationals. She is also involved, through the Pam McLean Centre, in teaching communication skills to health care teams.

Catherine Paterson

Catherine Paterson is a Clinical Chair in Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra & Canberra Health Services.   
Catherine is a registered nurse, prior to her international reallocation 18 months ago, she worked as a senior clinical academic prostate cancer specialist nurse.  Catherine conducts research in all areas of uro-oncology and cancer care. She has expertise in conducting systematic reviews, ecological momentary assessment methodology, mixed methods, and complex interventions.  She has experience of working in health services research for over 15 years.