Health Sciences

Claire Foster

PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol

Primary position:
Associate Professor in Health Psychology, Director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

Background

The University of Southampton

Claire Foster is a Chartered Health Psychologist leading the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group [MSRG] in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Her research programme focuses on supporting people affected by cancer, including understanding patterns of recovery following cancer treatment, supporting self management of cancer related problems following cancer treatment and supporting people with a family history of breast/ovarian cancer.

The Macmillan funded MSRG research programme is designed to inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors and enhance their return to fulfilling lives.

Claire is a member of the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology Clinical Studies Group and a member of the Self-Management Workstream of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. Claire is a member of Breast Cancer Campaign's Scientific Advisory Board and France's Institut National du Cancer, Evaluation Committee for Early Breast Cancer.

Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Foster, C., Breckons, M., Cotterell, P., Barbosa, D., Calman, L., Corner, J., Fenlon, D., Foster, R., Grimmett, C., Richardson, A. and Smith, P.W. (2014) Cancer survivors’ self-efficacy to self-manage in the year following primary treatment. Journal of Cancer Survivorship (doi:10.1007/s11764-014-0384-0).
Demain, Sara H., Boger, Emma, Latter, S., Hankins, Matthew , Kennedy, Anne, Foster, C., Jones, F and Kellar, I (2014) What are the outcomes of self-management that matter to stakeholders? Study protocol for the Self-management VOICED project. Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1-7.
Richardson, A., Wagland, R., Foster, R., Symons, J., Davis, C., Boyland, L., Foster, C. and Addington-Hall, J. (2013) Uncertainty and anxiety in the cancer of unknown primary patient journey: a multiperspective qualitative study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000482).
Eccles, Suzanne A., Aboagye, Eric O., Ali, Simak, Anderson, Annie S., Armes, Jo, Berditchevski, Fedor, Blaydes, Jeremy P., Brennan, Keith, Brown, Nicola J., Bryant, Helen E., Bundred, Nigel J., Burchell, Joy M., Campbell, Anna M., Carroll, Jason S., Clarke, Robert B., Coles, Charlotte E., Cook, Gary J.R., Cox, Angela, Curtin, Nicola J., Dekker, Lodewijk V., dos Santos Silva, Isabel, Duffy, Stephen W., Easton, Douglas F., Eccles, Diana M., Edwards, Dylan R., Edwards, Joanne, Evans, D. Gareth, Fenlon, Deborah F., Flanagan, James M., Foster, Claire, Gallagher, William M., Garcia-Closas, Montserrat, Gee, Julia M.W., Gescher, Andy J., Goh, Vicky, Groves, Ashley M., Harvey, Amanda J., Harvie, Michelle, Hennessy, Bryan T., Hiscox, Stephen, Holen, Ingunn, Howell, Sacha J., Howell, Anthony, Hubbard, Gill, Hulbert-Williams, Nick, Hunter, Myra S., Jasani, Bharat, Jones, Louise J., Key, Timothy J., Kirwan, Cliona C., Kong, Anthony, Kunkler, Ian H., Langdon, Simon P., Leach, Martin O., Mann, David J., Marshall, John F., Martin, Lesley Ann, Martin, Stewart G., Macdougall, Jennifer E., Miles, David W., Miller, William R., Morris, Joanna R., Moss, Sue M., Mullan, Paul, Natrajan, Rachel, O’Connor, James P.B., O’Connor, Rosemary, Palmieri, Carlo, Pharoah, Paul D.P., Rakha, Emad A., Reed, Elizabeth, Robinson, Simon P., Sahai, Erik, Saxton, John M., Schmid, Peter, Smalley, Matthew J., Speirs, Valerie, Stein, Robert, Stingl, John, Streuli, Charles H., Tutt, Andrew N. J., Velikova, Galina, Walker, Rosemary A., Watson, Christine J., Williams, Kaye J., Young, Leonie S. and Thompson, Alastair M. (2013) Critical research gaps and translational priorities for the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research, 15, (5), 1-37. (doi:10.1186/bcr3493). (PMID:24286369).
Grimmett, Chloe, Armes, Jo, Breckons, Matthew, Calman, Lynn, Corner, Jessica, Fenlon, Deborah, Hulme, Claire, May, Christine M., May, Carl, Ream, Emma, Richardson, Alison, Smith, Peter W.F., Yardley, Lucy and Foster, Claire (2013) RESTORE: an exploratory trial of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to manage problems associated with cancer-related fatigue following primary cancer treatment: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 184. (doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-184). (PMID:23786716).
Fenlon, Deborah, Frankland, Jane, Foster, Claire, Brooks, Cindy, Coleman, Peter, Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane, Simmonds, Peter, Stephens, Richard, Walsh, Bronagh and Addington-Hall, Julia (2013) Living into old age with the consequences of breast cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (3), 311-316. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2012.08.004). (PMID:22947216).
Recio, Alejandra, Gerty, Sue, Foster, Claire, Cutress, R.I. and Eccles, Diana (2013) Information required for surgical decision making in young women with breast cancer. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO), 39, (5), 498. (doi:10.1016/j.ejso.2013.01.168).
Hopkinson, J.B., Fenlon, D. and Foster, Claire (2013) Outcomes of a nurse-delivered psychosocial intervention for weight- and eating-related distress in family carers of patients with advanced cancer. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19, (3), 116-123. (PMID:23665569).
Jarrett, N., Scott, I., Addington-Hall, J., Amir, Z, Brearley, S, Hodges, L, Richardson, Alison, Sharpe, M, Stamataki, Z, Siller, C, Ziegler, L and Foster, C, Stark, D (ed.) (2013) Informing future research priorities into the psychological and social problems faced by cancer survivors: a rapid review and synthesis of the literature. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (5), 510-520. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2013.03.003). (PMID:23619278).
Fenlon, D., Chivers Seymour, K., Okamoto, I., Winter, Jane, Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, J., Corner, J., Smith, Peter W., May, Christine, Breckons, M. and Foster, Claire (2013) Lessons learnt recruiting to a multi-site UK cohort study to explore recovery of health and well-being after colorectal cancer (CREW study). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 13, 153-153. (doi:10.1186/10.1186/1471-2288-13-153).
Wright, Penny, Fenlon, Deborah, Jones, Helen, Foster, Claire, Ashley, Laura, Chivers Seymour, Kim, Velikova, Galina, Okamoto, Ikumi and Brown, Julia (2013) Using the Clinical Research Network for psychosocial cancer research: lessons learned from two observational studies. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , 1-10. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000410).
Payne, S., Seymour, J., Molassiotis, A., Froggatt, K., Grande, G., Todd, C., Lloyd-Williams, M., Foster, C., Wilson, R., Rolls, E. and Addington-Hall, J. (2012) An evaluation of research capacity building from the Cancer Experiences Collaborative. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 2, (3), 280-285. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000236).
Fenlon, Deborah R., Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, Julia M., Smith, Peter, Corner, Jessica L, Winter, Jane and Foster, Claire L. (2012) A cohort study of the recovery of health and wellbeing following colorectal cancer (CREW study): protocol paper. BMC Health Services Research, 12, (1) (doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-90). (PMID:22475242).
Foster, C. and Fenlon, D. (2011) Recovery and self-management support following primary cancer treatment. British Journal of Cancer, 105, supplement 1, S21-S28. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.419). (PMID:22048029).
Richardson, A., Addington-Hall, J., Amir, Z., Foster, C., Stark, D., Armes, J., Brearley, S.G., Hodges, L., Hook, J., Jarrett, N., Stamataki, Z., Scott, I., Walker, J., Ziegler, L. and Sharpe, M. (2011) Knowledge, ignorance and priorities for research in key areas of cancer survivorship: findings from a scoping review. British Journal of Cancer, 105, supplement 1, S82-S94. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.425). (PMID:22048036).
Johnston, Bridget Margaret, Milligan, Stuart, Foster, Claire and Kearney, Nora (2011) Self-care and end of life care--patients' and carers' experience a qualitative study utilising serial triangulated interviews. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20, (8), 1619-1627. (doi:10.1007/s00520-011-1252-3).
Brearley, S.G., Stamataki, Z., Addington-Hall, J., Foster, C., Hodges, L., Jarrett, N., Richardson, A., Scott, I., Sharpe, M., Stark, D., Siller, C., Ziegler, L. and Amir, Z. (2011) The physical and practical problems experienced by cancer survivors: a rapid review and synthesis of the literature. [in special issue: Surviving Cancer] European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15, (3), 204-212. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2011.02.005). (PMID:21489873).
Okamoto, Ikumi, Wright, David and Foster, Claire (2011) Impact of cancer on everyday life: a systematic appraisal of the research evidence. Health Expectations (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00662.x). (PMID:21332618).
Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane, Molassiotis, Alex, Froggatt, Katherine, Grande, Gunn, Lloyd-Williams, Mari, Foster, Claire, Wilson, Roger, Rolls, Liz, Todd, Chris and Addington-Hall, Julia (2011) Benefits and challenges of collaborative research: lessons from supportive and palliative care. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 1, 5-11. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000018).
Elliott, J, Staetsky, L, Smith, PWF, Foster, CL, Maher, EJ and Corner, J (2011) The health and well-being of cancer survivors in the UK: findings from a population-based survey. British Journal of Cancer, 105, S11-S20. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.418 ).
Johnston, B., McGill, M., Milligan, S., McElroy, D., Foster, C. and Kearney, N. (2011) Self care and end of life care: patients' and carers' experience. Palliative Medicine (In Press).
Wright, David, Foster, Claire, Amir, Ziv, Elliott, Jim and Wilson , Roger (2010) Critical appraisal guidelines for assessing the quality and impact of user involvement in research. Health Expectations, 13, (4), 359-368. (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00607.x).
Chivers Seymour, Kim, Addington-Hall, Julia, Lucassen, Anneke M. and Foster, Claire L. (2010) What facilitates or impedes family communication following genetic testing for cancer risk? a systematic review and meta-synthesis of primary qualitative research. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 19, (4), 330-342. (doi:10.1007/s10897-010-9296-y). (PMID:20379768).
Foster, C, Scott, I and Addington-Hall, J (2009) Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community? European Journal of Cancer Care, 1-6.
Foster, C., Wright, D., Hill, H., Hopkinson, J. and Roffe, L. (2009) Psychosocial implications of living 5 years or more following a cancer diagnosis: a systematic review of the research evidence. European Journal of Cancer Care, 18, (3), 223-247. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2008.01001.x).
Johnston , Bridget , McGill, Maria , Milligan , Stuart , McElroy , Dorothy , Foster, Claire and Kearney , Nora (2009) Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: literature review. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13, (5), 386-398. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.003).
Foster, Claire and Roffe, Liz (2009) An exploration of the internet as a self-management resource. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14, (1), 13-24. (doi:10.1177/1744987108099237).
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2008) Management of weight loss and anorexia. Annals of Oncology, 19, supplement 7, vii289-vii293. (doi:10.1093/annonc/mdn452). (PMID:18790968).
Foster, Claire, Brown, Janice, Killen, Maureen and Brearley, Sarah (2008) Editorial - The NCRI Cancer Experiences Collaborative: defining self-management. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11, (4), 295-297. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2007.08.002).
Ormondroyd, E., Moynihan, C., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C., Davolls, S. and Watson, M. (2008) Communicating genetics research results to families: problems arising when the patient participant is deceased (In special issue: Genetic Testing and Psychosocial Research). Psycho-Oncology, 17, (8), 804-811. (doi:10.1002/pon.1356). (PMID:18688787).
Hopkinson, Jane, Wright, David, Foster, Claire and Dewey, Anne (2008) Letter to the editor. Re: Assessment and monitoring of nutritional status in patients with advanced cancer. IJPN 13(6): 258–65. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14, (2), 100-101.
Hopkinson, Jane B., Foster, Claire, Roff, Liz and Wright, David N.M. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. [in special issue: Abstracts of the 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care ] Palliative Medicine, 22, supplement 1, 417-418. (doi:10.1177/0269216308091582).
Foster, C. and Amir, Z. (2008) Macmillan’s research units. Macmillan Voice, 46, p.22.
Wright, David N.W., Corner, J.L., Hopkinson, J.B. and Foster, C.L. (2007) The case for user involvement in research: the research priorities of cancer patients. Breast Cancer Research, 9, (Supplement 2), S3. (doi:10.1186/bcr1801).
Foster, Claire, Brown, Janice, Killen, Maureen and Brearley, Sarah (2007) The NCRI cancer experiences collaborative: Defining self management. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11, (4), 295-297. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2007.08.002).
Ormondroyd, E., Moynihan, C., Watson, M., Foster, C., Davolls, S., Hall, A., Ardern-Jones, A. and Eeles, R. (2007) Disclosure of genetics research results after the death of the patient participant: a qualitative study of the impact on relatives. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, (4), 527-538. (doi:10.1007/s10897-007-9088-1). (PMID:17492498).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P.J., Hopwood, P. and Evans, D.G.R. Psychosocial Study Collaborators (2007) Predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2 in a UK clinical cohort: three-year follow-up. British Journal of Cancer, 96, (5), 718-724. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603610).
Corner, J., Wright, D., Hopkinson, J., Gunaratnam, Y., McDonald, J.W. and Foster, C. (2007) The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96, (6), 875-881. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603662).
Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2007) Involving people affected by cancer in research. Macmillan Voice, Summer issue
Wright, D., Hopkinson, J., Corner, J. and Foster, C. (2006) How to involve cancer patients at the end of life as co-researchers. Palliative Medicine, 20, (8), 821-827. (doi:10.1177/0269216306073110).
Hallowell, Nina, Ardern-Jones, Audrey, Eeles, Ros, Foster, Claire L., Lucassen, Anneke, Moynihan, Clare and Watson, Maggie (2006) Guilt, blame and responsibility: men's understanding of their role in the transmission of BRCA1/2 mutations within their family. Sociology of Health and Illness, 28, (7), 969-988. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2006.00515.x). (PMID:17163862).
Foster, C., Hopkinson, J., Wright, D., Okamoto, I. and Roffe, L. (2006) Helping people to live with cancer through treatment and beyond. Psycho-Oncology, 14, (Supplement 2), 240. (doi:10.1002/pon.1092).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P., Hopwood, P. and Evans, G. (2006) Impact of predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2 in a clinical cohort: three years on. British Psychological Society Proceedings, 14, (1), 23.
Wright, David N.M., Corner, Jessica L., Hopkinson, Jane B. and Foster, Claire (2006) Listening to the views of people affected by cancer about cancer research: an example of participatory research in setting the cancer research agenda. Health Expectations, 9, (1), 3-12. (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2006.00353.x).
Hallowell, N., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C.L., Lucassen, A., Moynihan, C. and Watson, M. (2005) Communication about genetic testing in families of male BRCA1/2 carriers and non-carriers: patterns, priorities and problems. Clinical Genetics, 67, (6), 492-502. (doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2005.00443.x).
Hallowell, N., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C., Lucassen, A., Moynihan, C. and Watson, M. (2005) Men's decision-making about predictive BRCA1/2 testing: the role of family. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14, (3), 207-217. (doi:10.1007/s10897-005-0384-3).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Moynihan, C., Arden-Jones, A. and Eeles, R (2004) Juggling roles and expectations: dilemmas faced by women talking to relatives about cancer and genetic testing. Psychology & Health, 19, (4), 439-455. (doi:10.1080/08870440410001684168).
Hallowell, N., Foster, C., Eeles, R., Arden-Jones, A. and Watson, M. (2004) Accommodating risk: responses to BRCA1/2 genetic testing of women who have had cancer. Social Science & Medicine, 59, (3), 553-565. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.11.025).
Watson, M., Foster, C., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P.J., Hopwood, P. and Evans, D.G.R. (2004) Psychosocial impact of breast/ovarian (BRCA1/2) cancer-predictive genetic testing in a UK multi-centre clinical cohort. British Journal of Cancer, 91, (10), 1787-1794. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6602207).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Moynihan, C., Arden-Jones, A. and Eeles, R. (2002) Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer predisposition: Cancer burden and responsibility. Journal of Health Psychology, 7, (4), 469-484. (doi:10.1177/1359105302007004627).
Foster, C. L., Bryon, M. and Eiser, C. (1998) Correlates of well-being in mothers of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Child: Care, Health and Development, 24, (1), 41-56. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2214.1998.00057.x). (PMID:9468779).

Book Section

Foster, Claire (2008) Self-management and self-help. In, Corner, Jessica and Bailey, Christopher (eds.) Cancer Nursing: Care in Context. 2nd Edition. London, UK, Blackwell, 651-658.
Foster, Claire (2008) Symptoms, self management and self help. In, Corner, J. and Bailey, C. (eds.) Cancer Nursing: Care in context. , Wiley-Blackwell.

Conference or Workshop Item

Foster, C., Calman, Lynn, Foster, Rebecca, Richardson, Alison, Smith, P., Baird, Janis, Beaver, K. and Edwards, J. (2014) Testing the feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients to investigate recovery following surgery with curative intent. At British Thoracic Oncology Group Conference,
Foster, C., Calman, Lynn, Foster, Rebecca, Richardson, Alison, Smith, P., Baird, J., Beaver, K. and Edwards, J. (2014) Establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients to investigate recovery following surgery with curative intent - a feasibility study. In, British Psychosocial Oncology Conference, 27 - 28 Feb 2014.
Foster, C., Calman, Lynn, Breckons, M., Grimmett, Chloe, Fenlon, D., Leonidou, C., Richardson, Alison, Smith, P., Yardley, L. and Corner, J. (2013) Supporting the self-management of cancer related fatigue (CRF): the development of restore an online intervention. In, UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Conference 2013, London, GB,
Grimmett, Chloe, Breckons, M., Calman, Lynn, Corner, J., Fenlon, D., Richardson, Alison, Smith, P., Yardley, L. and Foster, C. (2013) RESTORE: an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to self manager cancer related fatigue; an exploratory trial protocol. In, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), Berlin, DE,
Grimmett, Chloe, Breckons, M., Calman, Lynn, Corner, J., Fenlon, D., May, Carl, Powers, Cassandra, Richardson, Alison, Smith, P., Yardley, Lucy and Foster, C. (2013) Exploratory trial protocol of RESTORE; an online intervention to support self-management of cancer related fatigue. At Health Technologies USRG Lunch and Poster Exhibition,
Grimmett, Chloe, Breckons, M., Calman, L., Corner, J., Fenlon, D., Richardson, A., Smith, P., Yardley, L., Design Team, and Foster, C. (2013) RESTORE: exploratory trial protocol of RESTORE; an online intervention to support self-management of cancer related fatigue. In, NCIN Cancer Outcomes Conference,
Grimmett, C., Breckons, M., Calman, L., Corner, J., Fenlon, D., Richardson, A., Smith, P., Yardley, L. and Foster, C. (2012) RESTORE: An online resource to enhance confidence to self manage cancer related fatigue following primary treatment. In, National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Conference, London, GB,
Grimmett, C., Breckons, M., Calman, L., Corner, J., Fenlon, D., Richardson, A., Smith, P., Yardley, L. and Foster, C. (2012) RESTORE: Development and trial protocol of an online intervention to enhance self efficacy to self manage cancer related fatigue following primary treatment. In, COSA-IPOS Joint Scientific Meeting 2012, Brisbane, AU, 13 - 15 Nov 2012.
Hopkinson, Jane B., Fenlon, Debbie, Foster, Claire, Nicholls, Peter, Wright, David N.M., Okamoto, Ikumi, Scott, Issy and Addington-Hall, Julia (2009) A feasibility study: a mixed methods exploratory phase II cluster randomised trail to investigate the effectiveness of the 'Macmillan Approach to Weight loss and Eating difficulties'(MAWE). At NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham, GB, 04 - 07 Oct 2009.
Foster, C., Fenlon, D., Moffat, J., Stephens, R., Payne, S., Coleman, P., Simmonds, P., Seymour, J., Walsh, B. and Addington-Hall, J. (2008) Exploring the breast cancer experiences, needs and preferences of women aged 70 years and over: a study in progress. In, INVOLVE National Conference: Public Involvement in Research: Getting it Right and Making a Difference, Nottingham, UK, 11 - 12 Nov 2008.
Hopkinson, J.B., Foster, C. and Roffe, E. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. In, 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Trondheim, Norway, 29 - 31 May 2008.
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D., Foster, C. and Okamoto, I. (2008) Tertiary cachexia: psycho-social factors that contribute to the problems caused by cancer cachexia syndrome. In, 7th Palliative Care Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 29 Apr - 01 May 2008.
Hopkinson, Jane, Foster, Claire, Wright, David and Roffe, Liz (2007) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. In, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference, Birmingham, UK, 30 Sep - 03 Oct 2007.
Foster, C., Wright, D., Hill, H. and Hopkinson, J. (2007) Psychosocial implications of long term survival following a cancer diagnosis. At National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference, Birmingham, UK, 04 - 07 Oct 2007.
Wright, David N.M., Corner, Jessica L., Foster, Claire L., Gunaratnam, Y., Hopkinson, Jane B. and Okamoto, I. (2007) Patient research priorities differ from those of clinical scientists. At Controversies in Breast Cancer 2007, Edinburgh, UK, 03 - 04 Sep 2007.
Hopkinson, J.B., Foster, C., Wright, D.N.M. and Roffe, E. (2007) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer. In, Palliative Care Research Society Scientific Meeting AGM 2007, Oxford, UK, 13 Sep 2007.
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2007) Tips on eating for patients with advanced cancer: findings from an exploratory study. At Southampton University Hospital Trust Research & Development Conference, Southampton, UK, Apr 2007.
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, A., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P., Hopwood, P. and Evans, G.G.R. (2005) Impact of predictive genetic testing for BRCA 1/2 in a clinical cohort: three years on. In, The British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference: Health Psychology Across the Lifespan, Coventry University, UK, 07 - 09 Sep 2005.

Monograph

Foster, Claire, Roffe, Liz, Scott, I and Cotterell, Phil (2010) Self management of problems experienced following primary cancer treatment: An exploratory study. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer Support
Okamoto, Ikumi, Cotterell, Phil, Wright, David, Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Foster, Claire (2010) Minority ethnic patients’ involvement in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer Support
Foster, C., Scott, I., Brindle, L., Cotterell, P., Sayers, M., Robinson, J., Payne, S., Hopkinson, J.B. and Addington-Hall, J. (2010) Supporting relatives: An investigation into obstacles and aids to information exchange within families affected by cancer. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer
Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, Julia, Stark, Daniel, Foster, Claire, Amir, Ziv and Sharpe, Michael (2009) Determining research priorities for cancer survivorship: consultation and evidence review. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, GB, National Cancer Survivorship Initiative
Foster, Claire, Wright, David, Hill, Heidi and Hopkinson, Jane (2005) Psychosocial implications of living long-term with cancer: a systematic review of the research evidence. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, Macmillan Research Unit, 92pp.
Foster, Claire, Hopkinson, Jane, Hill, Heidi and Wright, David (2005) Supporting self management of people affected by cancer: a review of the evidence. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, Macmillan Research Unit, 95pp.
 

Research

Research Interests

  • Survivorship and self-management following cancer treatment
  • Understanding problems faced as a consequence of cancer and its treatment and what helps or hinders recovery
  • Understanding self-management of cancer related problems and what helps or hinders this
  • Developing interventions to support self-management
  • Understanding psychosocial implications of genetic testing for cancer predisposition and develop supportive interventions
  • Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Working closely with all stakeholders including service users in the development, design, interpretation and dissemination of research

Current projects

The Macmillan funded MSRG research programme is designed to inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors and enhance their return to fulfilling lives through:

CREW: A UK prospective cohort of colorectal cancer patients to map restoration of health and well-being

An online survey to assess self-efficacy to self-manage cancer/ treatment related problems following primary treatment

RESTORE: Development and testing of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to live with cancer related fatigue in the year following primary cancer treatment. The team work closely with people affected by cancer as Research Partners in the development and conduct of research projects

Other projects include

STAR Programme: An evaluation of the implementation and integration of a service improvement project from outpatient based follow-up to a comprehensive Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Programme (PI: Richardson; Prostate Cancer UK funding)

Understanding perceptions of mindfulness interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness course for breast cancer survivors (PI: Eyles; Breast Cancer Campaign)

Recently completed projects

 

Primary research group:  Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

Research projects

Incidental findings (IFs) from genetic tests: exploring the ethical issues and implications for practice

This research fellowship aims to gain an empirical and ethical insight into the experiences and attitudes of healthcare users and professionals towards incidental findings from genetic testing, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Self Management VOICED (Valued Outcomes of Importance: ConsEnsus and Disparity)

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes

Development and pilot study of an online interactive surgical decision aid for young women newly diagnosed with early stage breast cancer

This pilot study will use age specific outcome data to formulate a decision aid designed specifically for women with young onset breast cancer.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and their families
  • Psychosocial implications of genetic testing for breast/ovarian cancer predisposition
  • Research methods
  • Working collaboratively with service users in research

Contact

Associate Professor Claire Foster
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/E4017