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    Palliative Care

The Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care research group aims to conduct quality research that will provide real patient benefit and improve the lives of those affected by cancer. The group is led by Professor Kinta Beaver and works closely with clinical partners in the NHS. We have a strong history of work that examines the information needs and decision making preferences of people with cancer and evaluating nurse-led interventions. We also have expertise in examining the issues faced by those with advanced cancer, in particular the needs of lay carers.

One of our key research areas is survivorship issues and how we can enhance the lives of people who have completed treatment for cancer and are living with their diagnosis. Our work has shown that current follow-up arrangements do not always meet the needs of people with cancer and we have evaluated new nurse-led strategies that present a shift in focus from a clinical model of care to one that provides people with the information they need to live well after a cancer diagnosis. We use a range of methodologies and methods that includes randomised controlled trials, survey designs and qualitative research.

This research group contributes to the cross-disciplinary research sub-theme: Evidence for Transforming Healthcare.

Impact

  • Implementation of telephone follow-up by specialist nurses into clinical practice.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals and invitations to present research findings at key international and national conferences.
  • Inclusion of research findings and recommendations into UK Department of Health policy documents:
      • Colorectal cancer: the diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer. NICE Guidance (2011).
      • Determining Research Priorities for Cancer Survivorship: Consultation and Evidence Review (2009).
      • National Cancer Survivorship Initiative - Supported Self-Management Workstream. Cancer follow-up: towards a personalised approach to aftercare services - a review of current practice and selected initiatives (2009).
      • NCSI Research Stream Survivorship Journey Mapping Project. Summary & reports for Bowel cancer, Breast cancer, Lung cancer and Prostate cancer. (2009).
      • Improving Outcomes for People with Skin Tumours including Melanoma: The Evidence Review. NICE Guidance (2006).

Publications and Outputs

Hautamäki-Lamminen K, Lipiäinen L, Beaver K, Lehto J, Kellokumpu-Lehtinen PL (2013). Cancer patients’ sexuality-related Information needs in relation to other information needs. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 17(1); 9-15

Beaver K, Campbell M, Williamson S, Procter D, Sheridan J, Heath J, Susnerwala S (2012). An exploratory trial comparing telephone and hospital follow-up after treatment for colorectal cancer. Colorectal Disease. 14(10); 1201-1209

Beaver K (2012). How times have changed. [Editorial] Cancer Nursing. 35(4):323, July/August

Calman L, Beaver K, Hond D, Lorigan P, Roberts C, Lloyd-Jones M (2011). Survival benefits from intensive follow-up of lung cancer patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Thoracic Oncology. 6(12):1993-2004

Farrell C, Molassiotis A, Beaver K, Heaven C (2011). Exploring the scope of oncology specialist nurses' practice in the UK. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 15(2); 160-166

Beaver K, Wilson C, Procter D, Sheridan J, Towers G, Heath J, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2011). Colorectal cancer follow-up: patient satisfaction and amenability to telephone after care. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 15(1); 23-30

Beaver K (2011). Cancer Follow-up. Nursing Times. 107(10), 18

Beaver K, Latif S, Williamson S, Procter D, Sheridan J, Heath J, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2010). An exploratory study of the follow-up care needs of patients treated for colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 19 (23-24), 3291-3330

Beaver K, Williamson S, Chalmers K (2010). Telephone follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: views and experiences of patients and specialist breast care nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 19(19); 2916-2924

Beaver K, Hollingworth W, McDonald R, Dunn G, Tysver-Robinson D, Thomson L, Hindley A, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2009). Economic evaluation of hospital versus telephone follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: evidence from a randomized trial. British Journal of Surgery. 96(12); 1406-1415

Lydon AM, Beaver K, Newbery C, Wray J (2009). Routine follow-up after treatment for ovarian cancer in the United Kingdom (UK): patient and health professional views. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 13(5), 336-343

Beaver K, Tysver-Robinson D, Campbell M, Twomey M, Williamson S, Hindley A, Susnerwala S, Dunn G, Luker K (2009). Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up after treatment for breast cancer: a randomised equivalence trial. British Medical Journal. 338; a3147.

Beaver K, Campbell M, Craven O, Jones D, Luker K, Susnerwala S (2009). Colorectal patients' attitudes towards involvement in decision making. Health Expectations.12:27-37

Beaver K, Booth K (2007). Information needs and decision making preferences: comparing findings for gynaecological, breast and colorectal cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 11(5); 409-416

Beaver K, Craven O, Susnerwala SS, Jones D, Witham G, Tomlinson M, Luker KA (2007). Patient participation in decision making: views of health professionals caring for people with colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 16(4), 725-733

Beaver K, Witham G (2007). Information needs of the informal carers of women treated for breast cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 11(1), 16-25

Beaver K, Twomey M, Witham G, Foy S, Luker K (2006). Meeting the information needs of women with breast cancer: piloting a nurse led intervention. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 10(5), 378-390

Beaver K, Jones D, Susnerwala S, Craven O, Tomlinson M, Witham G, Luker KA (2005). Exploring the decision-making preferences of people with colorectal cancer. Health Expectations. 8(2), 103-113

Gopal RLR, Beaver K, Barnett T, Ismail NSN (2005). Comparison of the information needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer: Malaysia and the UK. Cancer Nursing. 28(2), 132-140

Beaver K, Luker KA. (2005) Follow-up in breast cancer clinics: reassuring for patients rather than detecting recurrence. Psycho-Oncology. 14(2), 94-101

Booth K, Beaver K, Kitchener H, O'Neill J, Farrell C (2005). Women's experiences of information, psychological distress and worry after treatment for gynaecological cancer. Patient Education and Counseling. 56(2); 225-232

Farrell C, Heaven C, Beaver K, Maguire P (2005). Identifying the concerns of women undergoing chemotherapy. Patient Education and Counseling. 56(1), 72-77

Beaver K (2004). Meeting the information needs of people with cancer. [Editorial]. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 8(3), 193-194

Kirshbaum M, Beaver K, Luker KA (2004). Perspectives of breast care nurses on research dissemination and utilisation. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing. 8(1), 47-58

Luker KA, Wilson K, Pateman BD, Beaver K (2003). The role of district nursing: perspectives of cancer patients and their carers before and after hospital discharge. European Journal of Cancer Care. 12(4), 308-316

Jordan L, Beaver K, Foy S (2002). Ozone treatment for radiotherapy skin reactions: is there an evidence base for practice? European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 6(4),220-227

Wilson K, Pateman B, Beaver K, Luker KA (2002). Patient and carer needs following a cancer related hospital admission: the importance of referral to the district nursing service. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 38(3), 245-253

Beaver K, Luker KA, Woods S (2000) Primary care services received during terminal illness. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 6(5), 220-227

Woods S, Beaver K, Luker K (2000). Users' views of palliative care services: ethical implications. Nursing Ethics. 7(4), 314-326

Luker KA, Beaver K, Austin L, Leinster SJ (2000) An evaluation of information cards as a means of improving communication between hospital and primary care for women with breast cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 31(5), 1174-1182

Beaver K, Bogg J, Luker KA. (1999) Decision making preferences and information needs: a comparison of colorectal and breast cancer. Health Expectations 2(4), 266-276

Beaver K, Luker KA, Woods S (1999). The views of terminally ill people and lay carers on primary care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 5(6), 266-274

Beaver K, Luker KA, Woods S (1998). Conducting research with the terminally ill: challenges and considerations. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 5(1), 13-17

Dowes K, Beaver K, Booth K (1998) Managing cancer pain at home: the WHO guidelines in perspective. British Journal of Community Health Nursing. 3(6), 283-288

Griffiths A, Beaver K (1997). Quality of life for women receiving high dose chemotherapy for breast cancer: a pilot study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 3(3), 138-144.

Beaver K, Luker KA (1997). Readability of patient information booklets for women with breast cancer. Patient Education and Counseling. 31(2), 95-102.

Luker KA, Beaver K, Leinster SJ, Owens RG (1996). The information needs of women with breast cancer: a follow up study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 23(3), 487- 495.

Beaver K, Luker KA, Owens RG, Leinster SJ, Degner LF, Sloan JA (1996). Treatment decision making in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer (1996). Cancer Nursing 19(1), 8-19.

Beaver K, Luker KA, Leinster SJ (1996). Breast Cancer: On the Cards. Health Services Journal. 106(5526), 28-29

Luker KA, Beaver K, Leinster SJ, Owens RG (1996). The meaning of illness for women with breast cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 23(6), 1194-1201.

Luker KA, Beaver K, Leinster SJ, Owens RG, Degner LF, Sloan JA (1995). The information needs of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 22(1), 134-141.

Events and News

We will be hosting the annual British Psycho-social Oncology Society conference at UCLan in January 2014.

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Rosemere Cancer Foundation

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission (reg. charity no. 1131583) and forms part of the charitable funds of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trustees are the Trust Board of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who delegate the management of the charity to a Management Committee in line with NHS Financial Standing Instructions. At Rosemere we aim to raise funds for additional equipment and facilities for cancer patients being treated at the specialist Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital and in the local Cancer Units throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Comensus

Comensus is a new way of involving service users, carers and the wider community in the training and development of health and social care students. It is service user and carer led and has been developed to embed the voices of those using health and social care services and their carers in the work of the School.

Brain Tumour North West

Brain Tumour North West (BTNW), involves the Universities of Central Lancashire, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Liverpool and Keele and together with the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology and Walton Centre NHS Trusts, in a new strategic alliance designed to consolidate and exploit clinical and research-based brain tumour expertise which currently exists within the region.

Additional Information

The Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care research group currently has three full time PhD students:

Dawn Doran: The lived experience of gay men with prostate cancer.

Lydia Harkin: Can we trust internet surveys and social networking sites to capture the views of people with cancer?

Betselot Mulugeta: View of African men living in the UK towards prostate cancer.

Related Projects

Current

Comparing hospital and telephone follow-up for women treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT: Endometrial Cancer Telephone follow-up trial). Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit award scheme. Beaver K, Martin Hirsch P, Tomlinson A, Keating P, Sutton C, Hollingworth W, Williamson S. (2012-2015).

Exploring patient experiences of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer to determine psycho-social, information and support needs. Funded by Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Beaver K, Briggs J, Thomas A, Tysver-Robinson D, Bracegirdle L, Jones L, Guilfoyle S, Ronson M, Kiriparan, Rajan, Spickett H, Susnerwala S, Hindley A, Williamson S. (2012-2013).

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes. Funded by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Foster C, Calman L, Richardson A, Smith P, Baird J, Beaver K, Edwards J (2013-2014).

Completed

The development of an intervention for cost effective and beneficial lung cancer follow-up. Funded by Medical Research Council HSR Fellowship award to L Calman. Calman L, Beaver K, Roberts C (2007 - 2011).

Investigating the follow-up care needs of people with colorectal cancer and piloting a telephone intervention. Funded by Cancer Research UK. Beaver K, Sheridan J, Heath J, Susnerwala S, Luker K (2006- 2007).

Comparing telephone and hospital follow-up for women with breast cancer. Funded by Medical Research Council Special Training Fellowship Award (Health Services Research). Beaver K, Luker K, Dunn G (2001- 2005).