Jessie (Jie) Hao

Chinese herbal medicine for peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy


Chemotherapy is often used as a strategy to kill cancer cells, but it can also affect the nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. This condition is known as peripheral neuropathy and it can be a disabling side effect of cancer treatment. Jessie's project will test the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine for the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.

As the number of cancer survivors increase, management of the side effects of cancer treatment becomes more challenging. This project will benefit cancer survivors and the healthcare sector by aiding in the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Jessie's project is the first to assess the effectiveness of Chinese herbal formulas in three Australian public cancer centres.

Jessie hopes to continue her research into oncology care with Chinese herbal medicine in the future.


Supervisors:

Associate Professor Xiaoshu Zhu, Professor Caroline Smith, Professor Alan Bensoussan, Professor Paul de Souza(opens in a new window)