Dianna Porter

Can Chinese herbal medicine alleviate hot flushes in breast cancer survivors? A randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-centre, cross-over trial


Many women experience severe hot flushes/night sweats after breast cancer treatment or from the estrogen blocking drugs which are prescribed for five to 10 years after diagnosis. Currently there is no standard treatment for hot flushes/night sweats. In China, herbal medicine has been used successfully to reduce hot flushes/night sweats after breast cancer. In this trial, Dianna will be investigating whether a Chinese herbal medicine can reduce hot flushes/night sweats in Australian breast cancer survivors. The results from this project may translate into clinical practice.

She has a particular research focus on breast cancer and traditional Chinese medicine. Dianna's honours thesis was a qualitative project interviewing Australian women about their use of traditional Chinese medicine as part of their treatment journey for breast cancer. In the future, she would like to continue her research to help Australian breast cancer survivors.


Supervisors:

Associate Professor Xiaoshu Zhu, Professor Alan Bensoussan