Clinical trials tackling ‘Below the Belt’ cancers

Two men and two women, both of whom are wearing nursing uniforms, stand in a courtyard.
L-R: Catherine Hennebry (Clinical Nurse), Peter Dimmack (Patient), Prof. Dickon Hayne (Head of Urology) and Cynthia Hawks (Trial Nurse Coordinator).
September 10, 2020

Great grandfather Peter Dimmack understands the importance of clinical trials after being diagnosed with bladder cancer earlier this year.

Peter is now part of a WA-initiated and now international trial called BCGMM trial at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

The BCGMM trial is looking at whether the addition of mitomycin chemotherapy to standard therapy for high risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer can reduce the need to remove the entire bladder (cystectomy).

“When I was told I could be part of the clinical trial, I thought there was nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Peter said.

“It’s been a relatively straight forward process and everyone involved in my treatment at both FSH and Fremantle Hospital has been great.

“I’ll do anything I can to prolong my life and this trial is a step in the right direction to ensuring I do that.”

South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) continues to build on its reputation for research excellence with eight clinical trials underway for patients with urogenital ‘Below the Belt’ cancers.

SMHS Head of Urology, Professor Dickon Hayne, said 20 per cent of the entire WA cancer workload comes through urology services.

“Because we deal with prostate, bladder, kidney, testis and penile cancers, we see more cancer cases than any other speciality,” Professor Hayne said.

“Research, and more specifically clinical trials, are core business in improving outcomes for those with cancer.”

“We are passionate about urogenital cancer research and much of our research, both past and current, has been in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group.”

From surgeon to songwriter, Professor Hayne with the help of his two daughters, also wrote and recorded the theme song ‘YourWay’ which went on to inspire this year’s ‘Below the Belt’ campaign.

The month of September is dedicated to increasing awareness for ‘Below the Belt’ cancers with fundraising efforts focused on doing it ‘YourWay’.

Listen to the YourWay song (external site) or for more information on the clinical trials visit the ANZUP (external site) website.

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