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The University of Southampton
Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

ACT study

Exploring strategies people use to self manage problems experienced after cancer treatment (ACT)


People affected by cancer have indicated the importance of support with managing day to day problems associated with cancer and treatment. Patients participating in consultation groups across the UK identified this as the most important area for research. Having an active role in managing a long term condition is viewed as important as it can empower patients to act for themselves, increase confidence in their ability to manage problems associated with their condition and its treatment and enhance quality of life. This active role, which has several components, has been called self management.
Patients often undergo physically and emotionally demanding cancer treatment and many people report continued problems following treatment which can have an impact on daily life. The end of treatment can be a challenging time and people may find it difficult to resume ‘normal life', experience physical, psycho-social and practical difficulties as a result of their cancer and its treatment, feel uncertain what the future holds and may miss reassurance provided by healthcare staff during treatment.


The ACT final report is now available.

Foster, C. (2008) Chapter 34: Self management and self help. In J. Corner & C. Bailey (eds). Cancer Nursing: Care in Context (2nd Edition). Blackwell Publishing. London.


If you have any queries regarding this study please contact the MSRG secretary on 02380 596885, or email 

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