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angle-left Anna Towers, MD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



cancer rehabilitation • palliative care • lymphedema

Research Focus

My research focuses on the prevention and treatment of illness and disability related to cancer treatment. My primary interest is in lymphedema (limb swelling) as a complication of cancer therapy. I am also interested in evaluation of palliative care programs for those with advanced illness.

Selected Publications

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  • Tidhar D, Hodgson P, Shay C, Towers A. A lymphedema self-management programme: a report on 30 cases. Physiotherapy Canada, advance online article doi:10.3138/ptc.2013-46, 2014 PMID: 25922562.

  • Letellier ME, Towers A, Shimony A, Tidhar D. Breast cancer-related lymphedema: a randomized controlled pilot and feasibility study. American journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 93:751-763, 2014 PMID: 24743455.

  • Elizabeth Quinlan, Roanne Thomas, Thomas Hack, Winkle Kwan, Sue Tatemichi, Anna Towers, Andrea Tilley, Baukje Miedema. (2014).Lymphedema Trajectories Among Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Lymphoedema, 9 (1). 12-19.

  • Towers A. Managing lymphedema in palliative care. LymphLink , National Lymphedema Network, 2013, 25(4):2-5,27.

  • Anne L. Newman, Leonard Rosenthall, Anna Towers, Pamela Hodgson, Casi Shay, Dorit Tidhar, Antonio Vigano, Robert D. Kilgour. Determining the precision of dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and multi-frequency bioelectric impedance spectroscopy in the assessment of breast cancer-related lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 2013, 11(2):104-109 PMID: 23772720.