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Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

Postgraduate opportunities

The Macmillan Survivorship Research Group supports the development of research capacity in cancer survivorship and palliative care through its research programme and supervising Masters and Doctoral research students.

If you are interested in post graduate research in areas related to our programme we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact the MSRG Team on 02380 596885 or email msrg@soton.ac.uk

1. Understanding the impact of cancer and its treatment on people’s lives

Topic could include:

  1. Qualitative investigation of the impact of cancer
  2. Quantitative investigation of the impact of cancer
  3.  Development of instruments to assess the impact of cancer

2. Self-management

Topic could include:

  1. What are the best ways of supporting different groups of people to self-manage?
  2. Developing and testing resources to support self-management
  3. How to facilitate shared decision making
  4. Developing and testing decision aids to support people in making complex health care decisions

3. Living with a family history of cancer

Topics could include:

  1. Supporting people to make complex decisions about genetic testing
  2. Supporting people to make complex decisions about treatment

4. Living with cancer that cannot be cured

Topics could include:

  1. What are the needs and experiences of people living with cancer that cannot be cured
  2. What is the best way to support people on long term anti-cancer treatment without the prospect of cure eg  immunotherapy?
  3. Understanding and enabling self-management in people living with cancer that cannot be cured
  4. How can health and wellbeing be promoted in people living with cancer that cannot be cured?

5. Health behaviours

Topic could include:

  1. How can health behaviour changes be facilitated and maintained?
  2. Exploring patient experiences of prehabilitation prior to cancer surgery
  3. Exploring reasons for non-participation in health behaviour change interventions after cancer diagnosis
  4. Exploring associations between health behaviours and cancer recovery across cancer types

6. Eating difficulties and unintentional weight loss

Topic could include:

  1. Development of complex interventions to support eating difficulties
  2. Access to and satisfaction with professional support for eating difficulties and unintentional weight loss

7. Carers

Topic could include:

  1. What support do carers require?
  2. What is the impact of caring on quality of life?
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