About this project
If exercise during cancer treatment is to become normal practice, we need to understand from the perspectives of patients, carers, healthcare professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, clinical exercise physiologists and physiotherapists) and policymakers the psychological, social, cultural, political and resource challenges that need to be addressed. In this PhD project, the student will undertake a qualitative study (via survey, focus groups and interviews) to identify barriers and levers to embedding exercise into the adjuvant cancer treatment pathways from the perspectives of patients, carers and other key stakeholders. This research will underpin the development of good practice implementation guidelines and an intervention to support patients and healthcare professionals.
You will be joining a large multidisciplinary team with a strong track-record of leading research trials (including randomised controlled exercise trials) in people living with and beyond cancer. Working in a supportive, collegiate environment, you will have outstanding career development opportunities through the support provided by the Doctoral College and access to research seminars and workshops in the Department of Sport, Health & Exercise Science, the Hull York Medical School and the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. You will also engage in regular meetings with other PhD students and supervisors working on related projects as part of the larger research cluster.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Maureen Twiddy.
About the research cluster
Exercise brings numerous proven health benefits to people living with and beyond cancer. Recently, preclinical and clinical studies have shown that exercise during chemo-radiotherapy cycles has potential to improve treatment efficacy, while also helping to ameliorate the well-established cardiotoxic and myotoxic side-effects. This PhD cluster aims to develop an exercise model that can be embedded within the oesophagogastric and colorectal cancer care pathways and provide evidence that it can influence and potentially improve the efficacy of chemo-radiotherapy treatments. In addition, the cluster aims to provide new mechanistic insights into the role of exercise for ameliorating the adverse cardiotoxic and myotoxic side-effects of chemo-radiotherapy and undertake qualitative investigations aimed at understanding the barriers and levers to embedding exercise within cancer care pathways and informing the development of good practice implementation guidelines.
Join us at a webinar on Tuesday 14 December at 6pm to find out more about this PhD cluster. Register here.
Other PhDs in this cluster
Exercise for improving chemo-radiotherapy efficacy in patients diagnosed with oesophagogastric and colorectal cancers
Exercise for ameliorating the cardiotoxic side-effects of chemo-radiotherapy in patients diagnosed with oesophagogastric and colorectal cancers
Exercise for attenuating the myotoxic side-effects of chemotherapy