PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol
- Primary position:
- Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group
"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."
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. Claire is a member of France's Institut National du Cancer, Evaluation Committee for Early Breast Cancer.
Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group
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- 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
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:
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)
Primary research group: Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
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.
Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent [CIn] radiotherapy to gather patient reported outcomes
Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes - Dormant
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.
- 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