Professor Claire Foster
Professor of Psychosocial Oncology, Director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group.
Claire Foster is Professor of Psychosocial Oncology and Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. Her research programme focuses on advancing understanding of the health outcomes and experiences of people diagnosed with cancer, treated with curative intent and self-management support. This includes large prospective UK wide cohort studies including collection of clinical and patient reported questionnaires to understand the consequences of cancer from diagnosis and over time, how this can impact on people’s daily lives, and identifying areas for intervention [e.g. CREW and HORIZONS cohorts].
Claire’s research team has developed and tested web-based resources to support self-management of fatigue following cancer treatment [e.g. RESTORE] and decision aids to support younger women with breast cancer facing decisions about surgery and genetic testing [e.g. Breast Cancer Choices]. New projects are underway to develop web-based resources to support people making complex decisions when living with Motor Neurone Disease (DiAMoND, PI Wheelwright) and increased risk of cancer due to genetic susceptibility (CRUK Catalyst Award, CI Turnbull). The research team is leading the evaluation of NHS England and Health Education England practice based transformation projects to improve access to nursing and self-management support from the point of cancer diagnosis and following treatment.
Research funding has been awarded from a range of sources including Macmillan Cancer Support, Movember Foundation, National Institute for Health Research, Breast Cancer Now, Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Health Foundation, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Marie Curie and MND Association, Dimbleby Cancer Care, Research UK. Claire is a member of Bowel Cancer UK’s Scientific Advisory Board and a member of British Psychosocial Oncology Society Executive.