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Research project

Macmillan HORIZONS Programme

Project overview

HORIZONS is a large study of people across the UK who have had a diagnosis of cancer.
We are interested in how a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment affects a person's life over time. The aim is to understand what is important to people with cancer during their treatment and in the months and years afterwards.

We have recruited 3,442 patients to this ambitious study. This is a significant achievement and has been possible thanks to all those taking part in the study and to the staff who have helped recruit patients from 110 hospitals across the UK.

Information from our study is a major national resource and helping to inform care and support services.

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Lead researcher

Professor Claire Foster

Professor of Psychosocial Oncology
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Other researchers

Professor Lynn Calman PhD, MPH, MRes, BSc (Hons), RN, FHEA


Research interests

  • For nearly 20 years Lynn’s research has focused on understanding and responding to the needs of people living with and beyond cancer. She had led and collaborated on major research programmes in cancer survivorship/psychosocial oncology leading to widely published, practice changing findings that have underpinned the development of services to improve the outcomes of cancer patients.
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Professor Peter Smith

Professor in Social Statistics
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Professor Alison Richardson PhD, MSc, BN, PGDipEd, RN

Prof in Cancer Nursing/End of Life Care
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs