Completed research projects

Funded by the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund

Cancer research projects

The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund has funded research into many aspects of cancer care and support including helping those living with cancer share ‘bad news’ to friends and family, receiving End of Life care at home and the role of complementary therapies in cancer treatment. Below are the Executive Summary reports of the research projects funded by the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund.

Understanding the ‘unknown’: a case study approach to explore patients’, carers’ & health care professionals experiences of cancer of unknown primary
Advance care planning in advanced cancer – can it be achieved? A patient preference trial of a care planning discussion.
An exploration of parents’ and professionals’ roles in sharing illness and treatment information with children who have cancer
A qualitative synthesis of the use of complementary therapies after a diagnosis of cancer
A study to explore the experience and support needs of older caregivers caring for family members (or friends) with cancer.
Brief cognitive behavioural therapy intervention for women with psychosexual difficulties following treatment for gynaecological cancer; a feasibility study
A feasibility study of relaxation therapy plus autohypnotherapy training (HYPREL) for patients with thoracic cancer undergoing radiotherapy.
Developing a model of best practice for people with Cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) and their caregivers: an investigation of multidimensional supportive and palliative care needs
Development of a “what matters to family carers” assessment tool for evaluation of care and support at end of life care (Phase 2)
Enhancing the role of carers in the outpatient chemotherapy setting: a participatory action research project
Ethnicity & Cancer: examining psychosocial transitions for older people
Evaluation of Preferred Place of Care (PPC): Towards Quality Improvement
The ToT Study: Helping with Touch or Talk (ToT)
Mapping and understanding specialist cancer and cancer related helplines in the UK
Patients’ and family carers’ construction of quality in supportive and palliative district nursing care
Specified Place Of Care Study
Receiving end of life care at home: experiences of the bereaved carers of cancer patients cared for by health care assistants
Developing a relevant and acceptable educational intervention for carers of patients with breathlessness in advanced disease: the Learning about Breathlessness Study