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Prof Jane Hopkinson 

Recent research projects

Improving the experience of out-patient cancer treatment for people with comorbid dementia in Wales

This research is funded by Tenovus. The overarching purpose of the project is to develop an understanding of the experience of cancer treatment for people with memory problems and people with dementia and their family members. The focus is on factors that impact this experience both positively and negatively to inform future service improvement.

Macmillan Associate Lecturer: Impact Evaluation

This is a project funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The overarching purpose is to support the development excellence in cancer nursing education within Wales through ongoing collaboration between the Cardiff University, Macmillan Cancer Support, Senior Macmillan Learning and Development Manager and senior nurses.

Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at the end of life.  

This project is supported by the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Research Fund. It is work that brings together researchers from the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, University of Southampton and University of Leeds. The award is enabling research to develop and evaluate a nurse-led intervention for carers on pain medicines management.  This new education and support package will be called Cancer Carer Medicine Management (CCMM).

Research into the supportive care of patients with cancer cachexia syndrome and their family members

This is an ongoing programme of work with the purpose of developing a family level nurse delivered psycho-educational intervention for families affected by cancer cachexia syndrome. It was initiated with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Development of a module to supplement the EORTC Core instruments for assessment of Health Related Quality of Life in patients with Cancer Cachexia

This research is to develop a measurement tool for assessing quality of life in cancer patients enrolled in trials of interventions intended to treat cachexia. It will supplement the EORTC core instruments for assessment of health related quality of life and is funded by the EORTC Quality of Life Group.  

A study of the effectiveness of the Macmillan Approach to Weight Loss and Eating Difficulties 

This research tested the acceptability, deliverability and patient perceived effect of a new approach to the management of weight loss and eating difficulties in people with advanced cancer. The project was a component of the Southampton Macmillan Research Unit programme to develop innovations in the supportive care of cancer patients. Report available:

Supporting relatives: an investigation into obstacles and aids to information exchange within families affected by cancer

This is a user-led investigation of the provision of information for patients and others affected by cancer funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. Report available: