Integrated Palliative Care in Oncology Blog

Join us as we uncover the latest insights and research findings that illuminate the path towards a more compassionate and holistic approach to cancer care.


Integrating Palliative Care into Oncology Management: Lessons from Heart Failure

Integration of palliative care is the linchpin to effective management of chronic complex conditions such as heart failure and cancer. While more attention has been paid to integrating palliative care into oncology, efforts in heart failure management have faced multiple challenges. This blog is based on a recent realist review which explored the integration of palliative care into heart failure management…

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Meet the Team: Carrie

Carrie Jain is a public involvement representative from the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum. In this blog, she draws from her and her husband’s experience with cancer…

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Meet the Team: Elspeth

My name is Elspeth Banks. A former secondary school headteacher, I am a patient public involvement (PPI) representative who has been involved in cancer research for many years…

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Update On Our Early Findings

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death, in the UK and worldwide. The number of people who are living with cancer is expected to rise in line with an aging population and medical successes with treatment.

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Working with the Stakeholder Group

Existing evidence shows that integrating palliative care and cancer care could improve quality of life for patients and their caregivers, at the same time as reducing the costs to the health services.  This evidence has motivated us to carry out the current research project – Integrating Palliative Care and Oncology (IPCO) – so that this potential can be realised in practice…

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Meet the Team: Sharon

I was delighted to be invited to be involved in this study from both a professional and personal perspective.

I spent the last 30 years of my nursing career…

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Meet the Team: Peter

I have a special interest in supporting this study.

My wife Wendy died aged 54 from a glioblastoma less than five months after diagnosis, despite the standard treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I have two relevant observations…

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Natasha Bradley

Meet the Team: Natasha

Natasha Bradley is a research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD (2016-2020) used realist evaluation to explore social support interventions in palliative care. Natasha has joined Queen’s to work on this project, aiming to explain…

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