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Area(s) of Focus

Janette Vardy, MD, FRACP, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Principal Research Fellow, Medicine
Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO
Concord Clinical School
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Current Research

Cognitive impairment and fatigue are recognized by breast cancer survivors as important side-effects of treatment that impair function and quality of life. Cognitive rehabilitation programs have been shown to provide a benefit in cancer survivors after chemotherapy. Through her Conquer Cancer Foundation award, supported by BCRF, Dr. Vardy is conducting studies that will provide evidence of the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation on reducing cognitive impairment and fatigue symptoms in women who have completed adjuvant treatment for breast cancer. Her team’s long-term goal is to improve the ability of breast cancer survivors to function in their day-to-day activity, and thereby to improve their quality of life.


Janette Vardy, MD, FRACP, PhD is a staff medical oncologist working as a clinician researcher at the Sydney Cancer Centre, and is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, Australia. She graduated medicine with honors from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She received the Margaret Dunn Resident of the Year award in 1999 and completed internal medicine and specialty training in Medical Oncology, obtaining a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2002. From 2003-2006 she completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Ian Tannock.

Upon returning to Australia in 2007 she received a Cancer Institute New South Wales fellowship which has enabled her to establish a research program in cancer survivorship at the Sydney Cancer Centre. Her primary area of research is in cognitive function and fatigue in cancer survivors. For this work she has received two Young Investigator Awards (ASCO, MASCC), a PhD scholarship and an ASCO Career Development Award.

More recently she has commenced work on establishing trials investigating the benefits of exercise in cancer patients. She is co-chair of the International Cognition and Cancer Task Force, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Group, Australia.