The Cancer Journey

Research Leader:

Professor Josephine Hegarty J.Hegarty@uccie

Members:

Aim:

To focus on the health and life experiences of individuals, their families and carers during the cancer trajectory and identify means of optimising the survivorship experience.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To explore the ongoing physical, psychological, social, spiritual and economic issues facing cancer survivors and their families.

  2. Identify appropriate mechanisms (nursing interventions) and resources for the ongoing management of people living with, through and beyond cancer. 

  3. To continue developing nursing research expertise in the area of cancer care within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Focus of Research

Research degree either commenced or completed within last 5 years

PhD students

  • Student: Mairin O’ Mahony

    Topic: Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self-discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context

    Supervisors: Professor Josephine Hegarty and Professor Geraldine McCarthy

  • Student: Sinead Power

    Topic: The effect of chemotherapy induced hair loss on patients

    Supervisors: Professor Josephine Hegarty and Professor Geraldine McCarthy

  • Student: Patricia O’ Regan

    Topic: Chemotherapy patient’s self management of cancer related fatigue

    Supervisors: Professor Josephine Hegarty and Professor Geraldine McCarthy

  • Student: Vicki Cleary

    Topic: Sexuality in women with gynaecological cancer

    Supervisors: Professor Josephine Hegarty and Professor Geraldine McCarthy

  • Student: Bridie McCarthy

    Topic: Family members’ concerns as patients undergo chemotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer

    Supervisors: Dr Tom Andrews and Professor Josephine Hegarty

 

Completed MSc studies 

  • Student: Vicki Cleary

    Topic: Sexuality in women with gynaecological cancer

    Supervisor: Professor Josephine Hegarty

  • Student: Siobhan Kirby

    Topic: Breast awareness in an intellectual disability setting

    Supervisor: Professor Josephine Hegarty

  • Student: Claire O’ Donnell

    Topic: The information needs of Irish women diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    Supervisor: Professor Josephine Hegarty

  • Student: Brendan Noonan

    Topic: The impact of total Laryngectomy: The patient’s perspective (A qualitative approach)

    Supervisor: Professor Josephine Hegarty

Project

The effect of chemotherapy induced hair loss on patients.

Researchers

Sinéad Power and Josephine Hegarty.

Special Award

Sinéad Power was awarded the President's Prize for her presentation at the IANO Conference. Prize consisted of a one-week trip to the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York sponsored by Bayer Shering Pharma.

Period

2008 - 2011.

Funding Agency

School of Nursing and Midwifery Fellowship Grants, UCC.

Status

PhD nearly complete.

 

Project

A Brief educational intervention to enhance sexuality of women with gynaecological cancer.

Researchers

Vicki Cleary, Josephine Hegarty, Geraldine McCarthy and Professor NF Woods (Washington).

Funding

European Oncology Nursing Society Grant (€30,000).

Status

2009 - 2012.

 

Project

A Brief educational intervention to enhance sexuality of women with gynaecological cancer.

Researchers

Vicki Cleary, Josephine Hegarty, Geraldine McCarthy and Professor NF Woods (Washington).

Period

2010.

Status

2009 - 2012.

 

Project

Watchful waiting versus prostatectomy in the treatment of prostate cancer, a Cochrane systematic review.

Researchers

Professor Josephine Hegarty, School of Nursing and Midwifery; Dr. Paul Beirne, Dept of Public Health and Epidemiology, UCC; Professor Meredith Wallace, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Dr. Harry Comber, National Cancer Registry, Ireland; Ella Walshe, Cork University Hospital; Tony Fitzgerald, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, UCC.

Funding (if applicable)

€93,774.

Period

2006 - 2008.

Funding Agency

Health Research Board.

Status

Complete.

 

Project

Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self-discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context.

Researchers

Mairin O'Mahony and Josephine Hegarty.

Funding (if applicable)

€100,000.

Period

2007 - 2009.

Funding Agency

School of Nursing and Midwifery Fellowship Grants, UCC.

Status

PhD nearly complete.

 

Project

Chemotherapy patient’s self management of cancer related fatigue.

Researchers

Patricia O'Regan and Josephine Hegarty.

Funding (if applicable)

€100,000.

Period

2008 - 2010.

Funding Agency

School of Nursing and Midwifery Fellowship Grants, UCC.

Status

PhD underway.

 

Project

Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self-discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context - a quantitative study.

Researchers

Mairin O'Mahony and Josephine Hegarty.

Funding (if applicable)

€2,500.

Period

2007.

Funding Agency

Martha McMenamin Scholarship.

Status

Complete.

 

Project

The impact of Total Laryngectomy: The patient’s perspective (A qualitative approach).

Researchers

Brendan Noonan and Josephine Hegarty.

Funding (if applicable)

€15,000.

Period

2006.

Funding Agency

Irish Cancer Society (Cancer Research Ireland).

Status

Complete.

Publications relating to cancer within the cancer group (published within last 3 years)

  • Bailey DE, Wallace M, Latini DM, Hegarty J,  Carroll, P R, Klein EA, Albertson P C Measuring Illness Uncertainty in Men Undergoing Active Surveillance (AS) for Prostate Cancer. Journal of Applied Nursing Research. (Accepted for publication August 2009). 

  • Cleary, V. and Hegarty, J. Understanding Sexuality in Women with Gynaecological Cancer: A Theoretical Perspective. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. Accepted for publication March 2010.

  • Cleary, V., Hegarty, J. and McCarthy, G. A Multidimensional Approach towards Sexuality in Women with Gynaecological Cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Accepted for publication October 2009.

  • Cleary, V., Hegarty, J. and McCarthy, G. Sexuality in Irish Women with Gynaecological Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. Accepted for publication October 2009.

  • Hegarty J and Walsh E  (2007) Prostate cancer treatment options (observation versus prostatectomy) – the available evidence. International Journal of Urological Nursing.  1 (3), 99-111. 9

  • Hegarty J, Beirne P, Comber H, Fitzgerald T, Walsh E, Wallace M. (2010) Watchful waiting versus prostatectomy for prostate cancer. (Review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews awaiting publication.

  • Hegarty J, Beirne P, Comber H, Wallace M. (2007) Watchful waiting versus prostatectomy for prostate cancer. (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006590. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006590.

  • Hegarty J, Wallace M, Comber H (2007) Uncertainty and quality of life among men undergoing active surveillance for prostate cancer in the United States and Ireland. American Journal of Men’s Health Online: May 23rd 2007, doi 10.1177/1557988307300467.

  • Kirby S, and Hegarty J Breast awareness within an Intellectual Disability setting. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. Accepted for publication March 2010

  • McCarthy G, Hegarty J and O’ Sullivan D (2006) Nursing Research in Ireland, Chapter 12,  Annual Review of Nursing Research Volume 24, 295-331  New York: Springer Publications.

  • McCarthy, B. (2008). A sensitive approach to communications Cancer Professional Winter.2 (4) 29-30.

  • McCarthy, B. (2008). Communication in cancer care World of Irish Nursing Dec.16 (11) 22-23.

  • Noonan B and Hegarty J (To be published May 2010) The Impact of Total Laryngectomy: The Patient's Perspective."  Oncology Nursing Forum Accepted for publication May 2009.

  • O' Regan, P, Hegarty J (2009) Fatigue and depression in patients with advanced metastatic disease. End of Life Care  3(2): 26-32.

  • O’ Mahony M and Hegarty J (2009) Help Seeking for Cancer symptoms a review of the literature. Oncology Nursing Forum 36(4),  E178-E184. DOI: 10.1188/09.ONF.E178-E184

  • O’ Mahony, M and Hegarty, J (2009)  Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18 (14), 2020-2029.

  • O’ Mahony, M. and Hegarty, J. (2008) Not the time to wait, World of Irish Nursing, 16(4),  p.46-47.

  • O’ Mahony, M. and Hegarty, J. (2008) Quarter of women delay presentation Cancer Professional 2(4) 22-23.

  • O’ Mahony, M. and Hegarty, J. (2009) Women’s Response to Self Discovered breast symptoms, Irish Breast Care Nurses Association, News Letter, April, 8.

  • O’ Regan P and Hegarty J. (2009) Fatigue and depression in patients with advanced metastatic disease. End of Life Care. 3 (2), 26-32.

  • O’ Regan, P. (2009) Fighting fatigue in patients with cancer. Forum, Journal of the Irish College of General  Practitioners 26 (7), 41-42.

  • O’ Regan, P. (2009) Fighting Fatigue. World of Irish Nursing. 17, 3, 43-44.

  • O'Regan P (2008) Cancer Related Fatigue and its impact on the Surgical Patient. Irish Journal of Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing vol 4, No 4, 10 -12.

  • O'Regan P (2008) Fatigue and Patients with Advanced Cancer. End of Life Care Vol 2 Number 4 pages 35-40.

  • Power S and Hegarty J (2010) Facilitated peer support in breast cancer: A pre and post evaluation of women's expectations and experiences of a facilitated peer support programme. Cancer Nursing. 33 (2),  E9-E16 doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e3181ba9296

  • Power, S. (2009) Facilitating a breast cancer support programme in a cancer support house: a personal account through the eyes of a novice facilitator. Cancerwise. 8(3) 24-25.

  • Power, S. Condon, C. (2008) Chemotherapy-induced alopecia: a phenomenological study. Cancer Nursing Practice. 7 (7) 44-47.

  • Power, S. Hegarty, J. Women with breast cancer: their views on on-line and telephone support programmes Skills 4 Nurses Accepted for publication October 2009.

  • Walshe E and Hegarty J (2010) Men's experiences of Radical Prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 14, (2), 125-133.

Sample of Presentations (within last 2 years)

International Conference: Presentation as invited speaker 

  • Hegarty Josephine (2008), Watchful waiting versus prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer: a systematic review of the evidence. All Ireland Cancer Conference, Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin (invited Speaker), November 30th to December 3rd 2008

Oral presentation (international)

  • Hegarty J, Walsh E (2010) The Prostate Cancer Journey: From diagnosis through surgery and beyond. Proceedings of the RCSI 29th Nursing and Midwifery Annual International Conference (Page 36).

  • O’Mahony, M. (2010) Women’s help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast cancer symptoms . Proceedings of the RCSI 29th Nursing and Midwifery Annual International Conference (Page 33). Awarded 500 euro prize  for  best oncology/ Cancer Care presentation.

Poster presentation (international) 

  • Hegarty J. and Walsh E (2009) The prostate cancer journey from diagnosis through surgery and beyond. Conference Proceedings of the 7th International Cancer Conference  titled “ Enhancing Cancer Cure through Patient focused Healthcare and Research”. Poster number: NRNC4, 13-15th May 2009

  • Poster presentation (national).

  • Walsh E and Hegarty J. (2009) The prostate cancer journey from diagnosis through surgery and beyond. Conference Proceedings of the Translational Health Research Conference, College of Medicine and Health, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork. 24th June 2009, Page 87.

  • Walsh E and Hegarty J. (2009) The prostate cancer journey from diagnosis through surgery and beyond. Conference Proceedings of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork. Conference Proceedings of the 9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Friday 9th October 2009.

  • Cleary V and Hegarty J. (2009) Sexuality in women with gynaecological cancer. Conference Proceedings of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork. Conference Proceedings of the 9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Friday 9th October 2009.

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