Cancer Research

By collaboratively bringing together international expertise, our research outputs increase capacity and capability to impact beneficially on patients diagnosed with and treated for cancer and those at risk of developing cancer.

Cancer Research


UCLan Cancer Studies is a multidisciplinary group which promotes cancer research and teaching at UCLan in collaboration with colleagues in health and social care, healthcare industry, service users and the wider community.

We have a specific focus on ‘changing attitudes to cancer’. Our mission is to ensure that our work leads to direct benefits for cancer patients and those at risk of developing cancer. We bring together the nationally and internationally renowned research and academic interests of a range of individuals and groups from across the University.

The overall aim and vision of UCLan Cancer studies is to ensure that this research work and teaching leads to beneficial impacts on patients diagnosed with and treated for cancer and those at risk of developing cancer.


To find out more about cancer research, contact Professor Kinta Beaver
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893715 Email:  


Our research falls into three main strands:

  • Evidence for Societal Change: such as research into raising cancer awareness; ethics in cancer and end of life and developing new models in end of life care. This has included multidisciplinary work with colleagues in linguistics and journalism to assess the role of linguistics in cancer awareness messages and the development and evaluation of a national cancer awareness toolkit. 
  • Evidence for Transforming Healthcare: such as research into cancer survivorship and follow-up service provision developed for cancer patients. This has included work undertaken closely with cancer patients to identify information needs and decision making preferences as well as the development and evaluation of a training package for specialist nurses on delivering telephone follow-up which has subsequently been incorporated into national guidelines.
  • Evidence from Bench to Bedside: such as translational research into brain tumours, novel prognostic and diagnostic tests and improving radiotherapy treatment through strategic alliances with several other universities and NHS institutions in the North West.

The group have brought in a number of visitors through the university’s Distinguished Visitor Programme including:

Professor Meinir Krisnasamy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Professor Glyn Owens, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Amy Levine, Doula Program: To Accompany & Comfort, New York, USA

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