Living with and beyond cancer


Welcome. Healthtalk, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.
We are very grateful for all the help and support we have received in producing this module.



We are grateful to all those people living with and beyond cancer who were interviewed for the original studies, to Dr Carol Dumelow for her work as ‘research buddy’, and to our advisory panel for their help and guidance throughout the project. 

Advisory Panel

Sue Ziebland (chair)
Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford 

Dave Ardron
NCRI Consumer Liaison Group representative 

Mike Daly
Nurse / NHS Manager and former cancer patient 

Dr Penny Wright
Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, University of Leeds 

Dr Claire Foster
Head of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, University of Southampton  

Prof Ziv Amir
Cancer Rehabilitation, the School of Health Sciences, Salford University , Greater Manchester 

Liz Minton
Cancer Support Specialist, Maggie’s, Oxford 

Dr Peter Rose
GP and Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford 

Dr Cathy Hughes
Survivorship Integration Manager, Macmillan 

Support by:

The secondary analysis and production of this module was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Follow-on Fund. We are also grateful to Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support who supported Nada Khan’s DPhil study, and to the various bodies who funded the original healthtalkonline studies. 

Supported by:
The Economic and Social Research Council

Grant holders:
Julie Evans
Nada Khan
Sue Ziebland


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