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Dr Nick Courtier 

My PhD work was looking at aetiological mechanisms that underlie fatigue in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy, as a precursor to developing a model that predicts those most at risk from this debilitating symptom. Investigations centred on a postulated inflammatory response via the induction and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines at the biochemical level and associated adaptations at the behavioural level.

I am currently applying for funding to conduct a Phase II trial with the aim of optimising the delivery of a psychological intervention to attenuate fatigue.

Grant funding

  • Society & College of Radiographers Project Grant. Acute fatigue in a breast radiotherapy cohort and its relationship to irradiated volumes, body mass index and biological factors: towards a predictive model. (£5000) (May 2007)
  • Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales PhD studentship. Fatigue during radiotherapy for early-stage breast cancer and its relationship to irradiated volumes, IL-6sR and anxiety and depression: towards a prognostic model (£60, 000 over 3 years) (June 2006)