There are a range of opportunities to undertake higher degrees looking at the interaction of chronic diseases, specifically how chronic kidney disease affects cancer epidemiology. Several projects are being undertaken to investigate incidence, survival, screening, staging and treatment of cancer in the context of chronic kidney disease. Some projects involve studies within Australia and New Zealand, and others broader global collaboration.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is an important health problem, with increasing prevalence as the population ages. End stage kidney disease requires treatment with dialysis or transplantation, both associated with considerable morbidity and health costs, and people with ESKD have reduced life expectancy. Chronic diseases are often not independent of each other. ESKD is associated with increased risk of cancer at most sites. A major cause of ESKD is diabetic nephropathy, and post transplant immunosuppression is associated with increased risk of new onset diabetes. CKD is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Several projects are being undertaken to investigate incidence, survival, screening, staging and treatment of cancer in the context of chronic kidney disease. There are also a range of planned projects focussed on examining the way tests perform in the ESKD population, to better appreciate how cancer screening might benefit people with ESKD, and how well tests for cardiovascular disease identify those at high risk of cardiac events.
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1147