Tove Ekdahl Hjelm

Tove Ekdahl Hjelm

Besöksadress: Karolinska Institutet, BioClinicum J8:20, Visionsgatan 4, 17164 Solna
Postadress: K1 Molekylär medicin och kirurgi, K1 MMK Kärlkirurgi, 171 76 Stockholm


  • Dr Tove Ekdahl Hjelm is a resident oncologist. The PhD projects are related
    to early onset breast cancer in Sweden and Ethiopia and to breast surgery in
    Uganda. The first study showed that a very small proportion of the incident
    cases of breast cancer in Uganda were operated, demonstrating a large unmet
    need for this type of surgery.
    Studies including patients with early onset breast cancer and breast cancer
    in men in Sweden and Ethiopia are ongoing/planned. These studies will
    investigate family history of breast cancer and presence of genetic mutations
    in several genes known or suspected to be associated with the risk of
    developing breast cancer. A cohort of the study participants in Ethiopia will
    be followed to investigate adherence to recommended treatment and causes for
    non-adherence. Quality of life will be investigated and evaluated over time
    in the cohort.
    In sub-Saharan Africa, a very large proportion of the breast cancer patients
    are young and surprisingly many breast cancer patients in Ethiopia are men.
    This raises the suspicion that genetic mutations may play an important role
    in breast cancer development in this part of the world. At the same time,
    patients often present late when cure is not possible. The projects will
    provide important new knowledge that shall be used in the development of
    strategies for early detection and prevention.
    Forskargrupp: Kärlkirurgi [1]
    Global kirurgi [2]


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