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Professor Claire Foster PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol

Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

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Claire Foster is Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group and leads the Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care Research Theme in Health Sciences, University of Southampton.

Claire's research programme focuses on understanding the impact of cancer and its treatment on everyday lives and how equipped people feel to manage this; understanding the impact of a family history of cancer on people's lives; and developing and testing supportive resources to support people affected by cancer to manage some of the consequences of treatment and make complex decisions about treatment or genetic testing. This is achieved through large prospective cohort studies, qualitative studies, development and testing of complex interventions working closely with clinical, patient, academic and policy stakeholders to support the design, conduct and dissemination of the research.

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 some of the problems cancer and its treatment can bring

Her current research programme is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, National Institute for Health Research, Movember. Recently completed projects have been funded by Breast Cancer Now, Research for Patient Benefit, and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Within Health Sciences Claire is REF Impact Champion for Health Sciences. She supervises a number of PhD and Masters students from Health Sciences, Psychology and Medicine.

Claire is a member of:

British Psychosocial Oncology Society Executive

National Cancer Research Institute Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group 

Bowel Cancer UK Scientific Advisory Board 

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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

Macmillan HORIZONS programme (PI): prospective cohorts of cancer patients from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond to assess impact of cancer and treatment on daily lives Movember Global Registry (Co-PI): UK lead gathering clinical and patient reported outcome data for men with early stage prostate cancer Macmillan CREW cohort (PI): prospective cohort of colorectal cancer patients to map restoration of health and well-being NIHR CLASP Programme (Co-app): Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary Care

 

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Affiliate research group

Cancer Survivorship and End of Life Care

Research project(s)

Breast Cancer Choices

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

Claire supervises a number of PhD and Masters level students from Health Sciences, Psychology and Medicine.

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

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