Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre

Cancer Diagnosis, Management and Prevention Group

Group members


The Cancer Diagnosis, Management and Prevention Group works towards finding solutions to conventional diagnostic and treatment strategies. We work in close collaboration with clinicians, dietitians and patients. We assess the genetic consequences of anti-cancer drug therapies and carry out research into the optimisation of dietary strategies for cancer prevention and retardation of cancer progression. We have performed extensive research with potential dietary components, including selenium, vitamin D, long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated acids and various plant polyphenols, for cancer prevention and inhibition of cancer growth and progression. We also study the role of genotype response in drug metabolism and nutrient requirements, and consider whether certain subjects might benefit from a slightly different diet from others. We also consider gene-diet and gene-drug interactions in various cancers such as prostate cancer. Both genetic and epigenetic approaches are important in our work.

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