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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, Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions Research Group Lead

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Claire Foster is Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group and leads the Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions Care Research Group 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 digital 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, evaluation of service transformation. We work with people affected by cancer and life limiting conditions as research partners as well as clinical, academic and policy leaders to support the design, conduct and dissemination of the research to maximise impact.

I am passionate about understanding how people are affected by cancer and its treatment, developing resources to support them to make difficult decisions and manage some of the problems cancer and its treatment can bring, and ensuring our research makes a real difference to people’s lives

Her research programme is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, Movember, National Institute for Health Research, Health Education England, NHS England, Marie Curie and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Recently completed projects have been funded by Breast Cancer Now, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Within Health Sciences Claire is REF 2021 Impact Champion. 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 Committee

National Cancer Research Institute Living with and beyond cancer – Methodology Workstream

Bowel Cancer UK Scientific Advisory Board 

Editorial Board Psycho-Oncology

Global Partnership on Self-Management in Cancer - Flinders University

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  • Understanding problems faced as a consequence of cancer and its treatment
  • Understanding self-management of cancer related problems
  • Developing resources to support self-management such as RESTORE to support people living with cancer related fatigue
  • Evaluating the impact of service transformation informed by our research
  • Psychosocial implications of genetic testing for cancer predisposition and developing and testing decision support tools
  • Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including people affected by cancer as research partners, national and international leaders, in the development, design, interpretation and dissemination of research to maximise impact

Current projects

  • Macmillan HORIZONS programme (CI): prospective cohorts of over 3,000 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 (CI): 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
  • Cancer Research UK Catalyst Award – CanGene CanVar (Co-I): leading work package 4 to develop patient facing resources to support decision making regarding genetic testing and risk management
  • NIHR CLASP Programme Grant (Co-I): Cancer - Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary care
    Health Education England (PI Evaluation): Cancer Nursing Across Boundaries
  • NHS England (PI Evaluation): Improving access to Clinical Nurse Specialists and Key Workers
  • Macmillan ENABLE study (Co-I): Understanding the importance of self-management support in people living with advanced cancer
  • Marie Curie and MND Association DiAMoND study (Co-I): Development and pilot testing of a web-based decision aid for people with motor neurone disease considering a gastrostomy feeding tube
  • NHS England (PI Evaluation): Improving access to Clinical Nurse Specialists and Key Workers

Research Group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research theme

Health Needs

 

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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 as research partners 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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