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FULLY FUNDED PHD: Improving cancer preventive behaviours in cancer patients and their families: a feasibility study in a prehab/rehab cancer surgery context


College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences

About the Project

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We are excited to advertise a new Scottish Cancer Foundation funded PhD Studentship looking at improving cancer preventive behaviours in cancer patients and their families. Cancer prevention is vital given the increasing number of people diagnosed with cancer and the spiraling costs of cancer care.

The challenge is that supporting people to live a cancer preventive lifestyle (not smoking, being physically active, having a healthy diet, limiting alcohol etc.) is hard, and few people in the Scottish population and elsewhere achieve it.

A cancer diagnosis often increases motivation to make lifestyle changes. This studentship aims to refine and test a novel intervention to improve cancer preventive behaviours in cancer patients and their families.

This studentship will provide high-quality, multidisciplinary research training on a novel cancer prevention approach and will be based in an existing prehabilitation/rehabilitation programme for colorectal and gynaecological patients undergoing elective cancer surgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

The research will examine whether family support can improve cancer preventive behaviours in cancer patients, with the additional goal of also improving cancer preventive behaviours in the family member.

For further information, please contact:

Supervisors:

Dr Katie Robb - U of G
Professor Susan Moug - U of G
Professor Sharon Simpson - U of G
Dr Christos Theodorakopoulos - Queen Margaret University


Funding Notes

This PhD is funded by the Scottish Cancer Foundation, and stipend and allowances will be in line with a full UKRI PhD award.

Stipend 2020/21: £15,285.
Start date: January 2021

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