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C.L.Foster@soton.ac.uk

Professor Claire Foster PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol

Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

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Professor Claire Foster is Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group and lead of Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care Research Theme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Claire’s research focusses on understanding the impact of cancer and its treatment on everyday lives and how equipped people feel to manage this. She is developing and testing a number of interventions, including web-based resources, to support people to self-manage cancer related problems and make difficult decisions regarding treatment and genetic testing.

I am passionate about understanding how people are affected by cancer and its treatment and developing resources to support them to make difficult decisions and manage problems for themselves.

 

The Macmillan Survivorship Research Group [MSRG] 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.  Claire is a member of France's Institut National du Cancer, Evaluation Committee for Early Breast Cancer.

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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

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


Macmillan core and completed projects

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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.

Development, implementation and evaluation of the True NTH Supported Self Management and Follow Up Care Programme

Traditional follow-up care for men with prostate cancer is resource intensive and there is little evidence to show that it effectively meets men’s needs. This project is developing, implementing and evaluating a new model of care, which provides men with the knowledge, resources and support to self-manage their own follow-up.

Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patients

Living with breast cancer can cause considerable suffering, and for many the fear of recurrence of the cancer can cause anxiety and depression that can last for a long time after the initial diagnosis.  Mindfulness-based meditation can be helpful and involves learning a set of techniques that enable people to focus or live in the moment.  The standard mindfulness course consists of 1 session a week for 8 weeks lasting between 1½ - 2½ hours, with an additional one day 6 hour retreat, with 45 minutes homework per day.  This can be difficult for breast cancer patients to commit to if they are working, have children and if they are undergoing treatment.  In this study we plan to find out from patients how we can adapt the course to suit them, and then design and develop it in partnership with patients and leading experts in the field of mindfulness.

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

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.

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  • 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
Professor Claire Foster
Faculty of Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/E4017

Telephone: (023) 8059 4006
Email: C.L.Foster@soton.ac.uk

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