We are excited to advertise a new Scottish Cancer Foundation PhD Studentship looking at improving cancer preventive behaviours in cancer patients and their families. Cancer prevention is vital given ever increasing cancer cases and spiralling costs of cancer treatment. The challenge is that supporting people to live a cancer preventive lifestyle (not smoking, being physically active, having a healthy diet/weight, limiting alcohol intake etc.) is hard, and few people in the Scottish population and elsewhere achieve it. A cancer diagnosis can offer a potential window of opportunity for behavior change in cancer patients and their family, as it increases motivation to make lifestyle changes.
The PhD will be supervised by a multidisciplinary team (Dr Katie Robb, Professor Susan Moug, Professor Sharon Simpson, Dr Christos Theodorakopoulos) 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: Katie.Robb@glasgow.ac.uk