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Cancer, Palliative Care and End Of Life

The College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences is committed to the theme of cancer, palliative and end of life care (EoLC). As a College we have longstanding collaborations and partnerships with other universities and national, regional and local research funders.  There are also teaching programmes within the college such as the supportive and palliative care courses (including online courses) that have established links with local care providers.

The cancer, palliative and end of life care research theme is one of five themes located within the Centre for Health and Social Care Research. The theme focuses on research that seeks to understand and treat the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual, quality-of-life and functional aspects of cancer at all points on the cancer continuum (from prevention, early detection/screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative and end of life care).  The theme also undertakes research in the field of palliative and EoLC with a particular focus on health and social policy as well as the holistic needs of clients with life limiting illness The theme is aligned to a wide range of multi-disciplinary academic researchers and clinicians with an excellent track record and reputation in health services research, health psychology, medical statistics, health economics, health inequalities, patient experience and patient and public engagement in research.  Examples include research and clinical trials focused on cancer screening awareness and uptake, co-morbidities and survival, patient experience and preferences, patient and clinician treatment decision making and treatment options. 

This theme houses the College Cancer Research Interest Group and the Palliative and EoLC Interest Group which consists of researchers and academic teaching staff across the College that have an interest and/or expertise in cancer and/or palliative and EoLC.  These groups provide a central hub of expertise upon which internal and external partners and collaborators can use as a resource.  The theme also works with the North Trent Cancer Network Consumer Research Panel which consists of current and former cancer and palliative care patients and carers who are able to provide a unique user perspective on developing research applications and the delivery of successful research projects.

Contact: Professor Karen Collins


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