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Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre

We are committed to developing and undertaking well designed research which will directly improve the care and experience of patients and their carers in the advanced stages of illness.

Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. We support patients, families and healthcare professionals to make the right decisions around evidence-based treatment and care. We want to help people live as well as they can for as long as they can, with the focus on symptom control and quality of life.

The Centre works in all areas of palliative and supportive care. This includes cancer and non-cancer conditions, and the care of patients from diagnosis of a life-limiting condition through treatment, until death, or past cure to the late effects of cancer treatments.

Our ambition is to remain at the forefront of research in palliative care.

Our research portfolio spans across three themes - rehabilitation, patient experience and thrombosis.

Our experienced researchers work together on high quality research of national priority, directly relevant to patient and carer needs.

Latest news

Two-thirds report social isolation and loneliness following loss of a loved one during pandemic

15 September 2021

Cardiff University research shows impact of grief and suggests lack of support for those bereaved

Covid grief

Our study hits the headlines

15 December 2020

ITV News at Ten, The Guardian and Sky News feature our work on the grief experiences and support needs of people bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic

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New study highlights ‘exceptional challenges’ of bereavement during COVID-19 pandemic

27 November 2020

UK-wide survey of bereaved people carried out by Cardiff and Bristol universities

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