Results of treatment for cancer have improved dramatically over the last 2 decades. This is very welcome news but alongside is an increasing awareness of the short and long-term impacts of these treatments on the physical and mental health of patients.
In the Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) Group at The Christie and University of Manchester, we are focused on these issues and using high quality research to understand them better and devise and evaluate new ways of reducing their impact on quality of life and survival.
We have been awarded funding by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) via the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to undertake 3 programmes of research. These are in the fields of recurrent and 2nd cancers, cardiovascular health and bone health. In addressing these areas, we will also be considering their mental health effects and opportunities to help patients using digital health approaches.
Our philosophy in the LWBC group is to collaborate with experts from all disciplines across Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally. We work with nurses, dieticians, doctors, laboratory scientists, physicists, digital health experts, psychologists, statisticians, psychiatrists and most importantly patients. Patients know exactly what is important to them and we use this personal experience of cancer treatment to guide our research and new approaches to management.