Lisa recognised for her work in cancer research

Scientist Dr Lisa Dwane was recognised for her work in cancer research at the 2019 Irish Cancer Society Research Awards.

Lisa from Clondalkin won the top prize of PhD (Junior) Researcher of the Year.

Lisa and Mam

Dr Lisa Dwane, from Clondalkin is congratulated by her mother Marion on her award.

Funded by the Irish Cancer Society and based in the RCSI Dublin, Lisa’s research project focussed on new and better ways to treat a form of breast cancer driven by the hormone estrogen. Pictured with Lisa is her mother Marion Dwane, who herself is a breast cancer survivor.

Lisa said: “About 70% of breast cancers are hormone driven. Most of these women will be treated with tamoxifen and about one third of them will relapse within 15 years. We’re looking for new ways to treat this type of patient, patients that either fail on tamoxifen treatment or don’t respond at all.

“It’s very important for patients to know what we’re doing even though a lot of our research is at the early stages and it may take a few years for something to come from it.

“There are currently therapies coming out at the moment that people have been researching for a long time; this is what we’re doing now and hopefully in a few years down the line we may have new drugs for patients.”

Proud mum Marion said, “I’m so proud of her. Cancer research is so important. I’m living proof of this.”

Lisa narrowly beat Alexandra Tuzova from Castleknock to the prize. The awards recognised some of the vital work being undertaken by researchers and support staff throughout the country, funded by the public donations to the Irish Cancer Society.

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