Priorities and Needs of Women Living with Advanced Cancer

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Location
Royal Women’s Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Peate mpeate@unimelb.edu.au +61383453792 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jennifer Marino jennifer.marino@unimelb.edu.au +61383453718 Personal web page

Summary The aim of this project is to gather qualitative and quantitative data from advanced cancer patients, their families, and their providers to identify their needs, with the eventual goal of establishing clinical tools, including patient-reported outcome measures and useful tools that can improve the end-of-life experience of these patients and their families.

Project Details

Although the survival of patients with cancer has improved greatly over the past 30 years, between 2008 and 2012, a third of all patients with cancer survived less than five years. Generally, cancer research tends to focus on curative therapy, but many patients die of their cancer. These patients, not only have to cope with facing an incurable condition, but are often ‘forgotten’ or become ‘invisible’ in the context of this focus on survivorship outcomes. Many people who live with advanced cancer report a feeling of being seen negatively by society, and that they suffer from psychological, physical or financial problems for which they receive little support. Despite this, we know very little about the needs and priorities of people living with advanced cancer. This information is essential to inform clinical decision-making to maximise the quality of the life these patients have left – for some this is only a short time yet others will live with their cancer for many years. The aim of this project is to gather qualitative and quantitative data from advanced cancer patients, their families, and their providers to identify their needs, with the eventual goal of establishing clinical tools, including patient-reported outcome measures and useful tools that can improve the end-of-life experience of these patients and their families.



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer

School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Women's Health



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Royal Women’s Hospital

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