Sheffield Professor Scoops Lifetime Achievement Award for Work Into Breast Cancer

6th November 2015

A Sheffield professor of Medical Oncology and Consultant at Weston Park Hospital has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the research and treatment of breast cancer.

On the 5th November, Professor Robert Coleman, who is Director of the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre and has been instrumental in developing cancer clinical research in Sheffield for the benefit of patients worldwide, was given the award as recognition of his work into metastatic breast cancer. The Second ABC Award was presented to Professor Coleman at the ceremony in Lisbon, to commend over 20 years of dedication in improving the management of cancers which spread to the bone, resulting in the preservation and improvement in quality of life for patients worldwide. Professor Coleman, who is a trustee for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and has spent the majority of his career helping to improve and shape cancer services within Sheffield said, -I am truly honoured to receive this distinguished award in recognition of my research into secondary bone cancer. I would like to acknowledge the support over the years from many colleagues, both in Sheffield and across the world, who have also contributed to this area of research and the many thousands of patients who have helped establish this new treatment approach. Thankfully patients can now live much more comfortable and active lives as a result of the use of bone strengthening treatments for secondary bone cancer. Professors Coleman's work has concentrated particularly on improving the care of cancer patients through research with particular interests in developments in the management of breast cancer and the effects of cancer and its various treatments on the bones. He has published more than 350 scientific articles and 100 book chapters and leads a number of national and international clinical trials. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK but thanks to funding of pioneering research and the expansion of clinical trials, almost 2 out of 3 women with breast cancer now survive their disease beyond 20 years. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for Weston Park Hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer. The cancer charity is proud to provide funding for research projects into various cancer types which ultimately contributes to the overall fight against cancer. It is only by investing in vital breast cancer research that the scientific community's knowledge of breast cancer, along with other cancers, will increase and the treatment available to patients in the future become much more effective, helping to keep more families together for longer. To support local cancer research at Weston Park Hospital visit: www.wphcc.org.uk/research

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