Professor Eila Watson

Professor in Supportive Cancer Care

Eila Watson joined the university in May 2007 taking up the HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Supportive Cancer Care. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group at the University of Oxford (1998-2007).

Eila graduated from Edinburgh University in 1984 with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences. She completed her PhD studies at the University of London in 1992, and subsequently held posts in the Epidemiology and Health Information Branch of Queensland Health Department (1992-1996) and Oxfordshire Health Authority (1997).

Eila is currently Chair of the Survivorship Sub-Group of the NCRI Primary Care Clinical Studies Group, and a member of the Psycho-oncology Clinical Studies Group.

She is a member of the South Coast Research for Patient Benefit Committee and the Tenovus Psychosocial Advisory Committee.

Research interests

Research interests include cancer survivorship, the impact of cancer on the family, the role of primary care in the delivery of cancer care and professional and patient education.

Research Grants

  • Cancer Life Affirming Support in Primary Care (CLASP).  NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (2016-2021).  Co-applicant.
  • Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD).  Prostate Cancer UK / Movember (2014-2017).  Co-investigator.
  • MAMMO-50 - Mammographic surveillance in breast cancer patients aged 50 years or older. HTA (2013-2018) Co-applicant
  • Cancer survivorship – costs, inequalities and post-treatment follow-up. Building capacity to meet the challenges to the health service and society. Health Services Board, Ireland, 2012-2014. (Collaborator)
  • Quality of life and follow-up care for men with prostate cancer: a questionnaire survey and pilot randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention delivered in primary care (PROSPECTIV). Prostate Cancer UK 2012-2015
  • The late effects of pelvic radiotherapy: assessing the needs of long term survivors. 2010-2012
  • The health and supportive care needs of long term cancer survivors and their partners. Collaborative study with University of Oxford. Jointly funded by Cancer Research UK, Oxford Brookes University. 2007-10
  • The role of primary care teams in early follow-up of patients diagnosed with cancer - perspectives of patients, family members and primary health care professionals. Macmillan Cancer Support , 2008-10
  • A psychosocial evaluation of familial ovarian cancer screening. BUPA Foundation (2006-2010). Collaborative study led by University of Cardiff.

Peer-reviewed publications

2016

  • Matheson, L, Boulton, M, Lavender, V, Collins, G, Mitchell-Floyd, T & Watson, E. The experiences of young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma transitioning to survivorship: a grounded theory study. Oncology Nursing Forum (2015) In press
2015
  • Stanciu MA, Morris C, Makin M, Watson E, Bulger J, Evans R, Hiscock J, Hoare Z, Edwards RT, Neal RD, Wilkinson C.  A pilot randomised controlled trial of personalised care after treatment for prostate cancer (TOPCAT-P): nurse-led holistic needs assessment and indiviudalised psycho-educational intervention: study protocol. BMJ Open. 2015 Jun 25;5(6):e008470. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008470
  • Walter FM, Usher-smith JA, Yadlapalli S, Watson E.  Caring for people living with, and beyond, cancer: an online survey of GPs in England.  Br J Gen Pract.  2015 Nov;65(640):e761-8. doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X687409.
  • Rubin G, Berendsen A,Crawford SM,Dommett R, Earle C, Emery JFahey T, Grassi LGrunfeld EGupta SHamilton WHiom SHunter D,Lyratzopoulos GMacleod UMason RMitchell GNeal RDPeake MRoland MSeifert B, Sisler J, SussmanJ,Taplin S,Vedsted P,Voruganti TWalter FWardle JWatson E, Weller DWender RWhelan JWhitlock JWilkinson Cde Wit N, Zimmermann C.  The expanding role of primary care in cancer control.  Lancet Oncol. 2015 Sep;16(12):1231-72. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00205-3.
  • Boulton M, Adams E, Horne A, Durrant L, Rose P, Watson E.  A qualitative study of cancer survivors’ responses to information on the long term and late effects of pelvic radiotherapy one to eleven years post treatment.  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2015 Sep;24(5):734-47
  • Watson, E., Shinkins, B., Frith, E., Neal, D., Hamdy, F., Walter, F., Weller, D., Wilkinson, C., Faithfull, S., Wolstenholme, J., Sooriakumaran, P., Kastner, C., Campbell, C., Neal, R., Butcher, H., Matthews, M., Perera, R. and Rose, P. (2015), Symptoms, unmet needs, psychological well-being and health status in survivors of prostate cancer: implications for redesigning follow-up. BJU International. doi: 10.1111/bju.13122
  • Wanat M, Boulton M, Watson E.  Patients’ experience with cancer recurrence: A meta-ethnography.  Psycho-oncology (2015)Jul 29. doi: 10.1002/pon.3908. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Matheson L, Boulton M, Lavender V, Protheroe A, Brand S, Wanat M, Watson E. Dismantling the present and future threats of testicular cancer: a grounde thepry of positive and negative adjustment trajectories.  J Canc Surv (2015) DOI: 10.1007/s11764-015-0466-7
  • Watson, E., Shinkins, B., Frith, E., Neal, D., Hamdy, F., Walter, F., Weller, D., Wilkinson, C., Faithfull, S., Wolstenholme, J., Sooriakumaran, P., Kastner, C., Campbell, C., Neal, R., Butcher, H., Matthews, M., Perera, R. and Rose, P. (2015), Symptoms, unmet needs, psychological well-being and health status in survivors of prostate cancer: implications for redesigning follow-up. BJU International. doi: 10.1111/bju.13122
2014
  • Dunn JA, Donnelly PK, Marshall A, Wilcox M, Watson E, Young A, Balmer C, Ramirez M, Hartup S, Maxwell AJ, Evans AJ; Mammo-50 trial management group.  Follow-up in early breast cancer - a surgical and radiological perspective.   Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2014 Oct;26(10):625-9.
  • PROSPECTIV – a pilot trial of a nurse-led psychoeducational intervention delivered in primary care to prostate cancer survivors: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.  Watson E, Rose P, Frith E, Hamdy F, Neal D, Kastner C, Russell S, Walter FM, Faithfull S, Wolstenholme J, Perera R, Weller D, Campbell C, Wilkinson C, Neal R, sooriakumaran P, Butcher H, Matthews M.  BMJ Oen 2014; 4:5 e005186 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005186
  • Adams E, Boulton MG, Horne A, Rose PW, Durrant L, Collingwood M, Oskrochi R, Davidson S, Watson E.  The Effects of Pelvic Radiotherapy on Cancer Survivors: Symptom Profile, Psychological Morbidity and Quality of Life.  Clin Oncol (2014) 26(1): 10-7 doi 10.1016/j.clon.2013.08.003 Epub 2013 Aug 29
  • Watson E, Rose P, Hamdy F, Neal D, Kastner C, Russsell S, Walter FM, Faithfull S, Wolstenholme J, Perera R, Weller D, Campbell C, Wilkinson C, Neal R, Sooriakumaran P, Butcher H, Matthews M.  PROSPECTIV—a pilot trial of a nurse-led psychoeducational intervention delivered in primary care to prostate cancer survivors: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005186 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-0051
2013
  • Adams E, Boulton MG, Horne A, Rose PW, Durrant L, Collingwood M, Oskrochi R, Davidson S, Watson E.  The Effects of Pelvic Radiotherapy on Cancer Survivors: Symptom Profile, Psychological Morbidity and Quality of Life. Clin Oncol (2013) doi 10.1016/j.clon.2013.08.003 Epub 2013 Aug 29
  • Adams E, Hill E and Watson E. Fertility preservation in cancer survivors: a national survey of oncologists’ current knowledge, practice and attitudes. British Journal of Cancer (2013) 108, 1602–1615.
  • Turner, D, Adams, E, Boulton, M, Harrison, S, Kahn, N, Rose, P, Ward, A, Watson, E (2013) Partners and close family members of long term cancer survivors: health status, psychosocial well-being and unmet supportive needs. Psycho-Oncology, 22 (1). pp. 12-19.
2012
  • Brain KE,Lifford KJ, Fraser L, Rosenthal AN, Rogers MT, Lancastle D, Phelps C, Watson EK, Clements A, Menon U. Psychological outcomes of familial ovarian cancer screening: No evidence of long-term harm, Gynecol Oncol (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ygyno.2012.08.034
  • Watson EK, Rose PW, Neal RD, Hulbert-Williams N, Donnelly P, Hubbard G, Elliott J, Campbell C, Weller D, Wilkinson C. Personalised cancer follow-up: risk stratification, needs assessment or both? Br J Cancer. 2012 Jan 3;106(1):1-5.
  • Lifford KJ, Fraser L, Rosenthal A, Rogers MT, Lancastle D, Phelps C, Watson E, Clements A, Iredale R, Jacobs I, Menon U, Brain K. Withdrawn for a familial ovarian cancer screening programme: findings from a psychological evaluation study. Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Jan;124(1):158-63
2011
  • Harrison, S, Watson, E, Ward, A, Khan, N, Turner, D, Adams, E, Forman, D, Roche, M, Rose, P (2011) Primary health and supportive care needs of long-term cancer survivors: a questionnaire survey. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29 (15). pp. 2091-2098.
  • Harrison, S.E, Watson E.K., Ward, A., Khan, N.F., Turner, D., Adams, E., Forman, D., Roche, M., Rose P. (2011). Cancer survivors' experiences of discharge from hospital follow-up. European Journal of Cancer Care. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01312.
  • Turner D, Adams E, Boulton M, Harrison S, Khan N, Rose P, Ward A, Watson EK. Partners and close family members of long-term cancer survivors: health status, psychosocial well-being and unmet supportive care needs. Psychooncology. 2011 Sep 9. doi: 10.1002/pon.2050. [Epub]
  • Adams E, Boulton M Rose PW, Lund S, Richardson A, Wilson S, Watson EK. A qualitative study exploring the experience of the partners of cancer survivors and their views on the role of primary care. Support Care Cancer DOI 10.1007/s00520-012-1400-4
  • Watson EK, Rose PW, Loftus R, Devane R. Cancer survivorship: the impact on primary care. Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Nov;61(592
  • Lifford KJ, Fraser L, Rosenthal A, Rogers MT, Lancastle D, Phelps C, Watson E, Clements A, Iredale R, Jacobs I, Menon U, Brain K. Withdrawn for a familial ovarian cancer screening programme: findings from a psychological evaluation study. Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Jan;124(1):158-63
  • Watson EK, O'Brien R, Campbell C, Weller D, D Neal R, Wilkinson C, W Rose P; on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Follow-Up Study Group. The push towards primary care: views of health professionals on the role of primary care in the follow-up of men with prostate cancer. Fam Pract. 2011 Jun 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Rose PW, Watson EK, Jenkins LS. Aspirin for prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Jun;61(587):412-5.
  • Harrison SE, Watson EK, Ward AM, Khan NF, Turner D, Adams E, Forman D, Roche MF, Rose PW. The primary health and supportive care needs of long term cancer survivors. J Clin Oncol. 2011 May 20;29(15):2091-8
  • O'Brien R, Rose P, Campbell C, Weller D, Neal RD, Wilkinson C, Mcintosh H, Watson EK. "I wish I'd told them" – a qualitative study examining the unmet psychosocial needs of prostate cancer patients and their partners after treatment. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Aug;84(2):200-7.
  • Watson EK, Sugden EM, Rose PW. Views of primary care physicians and oncologists on cancer follow-up initiatives in primary

 

Publications from RADAR

  • Turner, D, Adams, E, Boulton, M, Harrison, S, Kahn, N, Rose, P, Ward, A, Watson, E (20013) Partners and close family members of long term cancer survivors: health status, psychosocial well-being and unmet supportive needs. Psycho-Oncology, 22 (1). pp. 12-19. [summary page]
  • , , , , , , (2016) Ethnicity and the prostate cancer experience: a qualitative metasynthesis. Psycho-Oncology [summary page]
  • , , , (2015) Caring for people living with, and beyond, cancer: an online survey of GPs in England. British Journal of General Practice, 65 (640). pp. e761-e768. [summary page]
  • , , , , , (2015) A qualitative study of cancer survivors’ responses to information on the long term and late effects of pelvic radiotherapy one to eleven years post treatment. European Journal of Cancer Care, 24 (5). pp. 734-747. [summary page]
  • , , , , , , , , , , (2015) A pilot randomised controlled trial of personalised care after treatment for prostate cancer (TOPCAT-P): nurse-led holistic-needs assessment and individualised psychoeducational intervention: study protocol. BMJ Open, 5 (6). pp. 1-11. [summary page]
  • , , , , , , , , (2013) The effects of pelvic radiotherapy on long term cancer survivors: symptom profile, psychological morbidity and quality of life. Clinical Oncology, 26 (1). pp. 10-17. [summary page]
  • Harrison, S, Watson, E, Ward, A, Khan, N, Turner, D, Adams, E, Forman, D, Roche, M, Rose, P (2012) Cancer survivors' experiences of discharge from hospital follow-up. European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 (3). pp. 390-397. [summary page]
  • Lifford, K, K, Fraser, L, Rosenthal, A, Rogers, M, Lancastle, D, Phelps, C, Watson, E, Clements, A, Iredale, R, Jacobs, I, Menon, U, Brain, K (2012) Withdrawal from familial ovarian cancer screening for surgery: Findings from a psychological evaluation study (PsyFOCS). Gynecologic Oncology, 124 (1). pp. 158-163. [summary page]
  • Watson, E, Rose, P, Neal, R, Hulbert-Williams, N, Donnelly, P, Hubbard, G, Elliott, J, Campbell, C, Weller, D, Wilkinson, C (2012) Personalised cancer follow-up: risk stratification, needs assessment or both?. British Journal of Cancer, 106 (1). pp. 1-5. [summary page]
  • Harrison, S, Watson, E, Ward, A, Khan, N, Turner, D, Adams, E, Forman, D, Roche, M, Rose, P (2011) Primary health and supportive care needs of long-term cancer survivors: a questionnaire survey. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29 (15). pp. 2091-2098. [summary page]
  • Khan, N, Watson, E, Rose, P (2011) Primary care consultation behaviours of long-term, adult survivors of cancer in the UK. British Journal of General Practice, 61 (584). pp. 197-199. [summary page]
  • O'Brien, R, Rose, P, Campbell, C, Weller, D, Neal, R, Wilkinson, C, Mcintosh, H, Watson, E (2011) "I wish I'd told them": A qualitative study examining the unmet psychosexual needs of prostate cancer patients during follow-up after treatment. Patient Education and Councelling, 84 (2). pp. 200-207. [summary page]
  • Rose, P, Watson, E, Jenkins, L (2011) Aspirin for prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. British Journal of General Practice, 61 (587). pp. 412-415. [summary page]
  • Watson, E, O'Brien, R, Campbell, C, Weller, D, Neal, R, Wilkinson, C, Rose, P (2011) Views of health professionals on the role of primary care in the follow-up of men with prostate cancer. Family Practice, 28 (6). pp. 647-654. [summary page]
  • Watson, E, Rose, P, Loftus, R, Devane, C (2011) Cancer survivorship: the impact on primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 61 (592). pp. 693-694. [summary page]
  • Adams, E, McCann, L, Armes, J, Richardson, A, Stark, D, Watson, E, Hubbard, G (2010) The experiences, needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer: a meta-ethnography. Psycho-Oncology [summary page]
  • Khan, N, Carpenter, L, Watson, E, Rose, P (2010) Cancer screening and preventative care among long-term cancer survivors in the United Kingdom . British Journal of Cancer, 102 (7). pp. 1085-1090. [summary page]
  • Khan, N, Ward, A, Watson, E, Rose, P (2010) Consulting and prescribing behaviour for anxiety and depression in long-term survivors of cancer in the UK. European Journal of Cancer, 46 (18). pp. 3339-3344. [summary page]
  • O'Brien, R, Rose, P, Campbell, C, Weller, D, Neal, R, Wilkinson, C, Watson, E (2010) Experiences of follow-up after treatment in patients with prostate cancer: a qualitative study. BJU International, 106 (7). pp. 998-11003. [summary page]
  • Adams, E, Boulton, M, Watson, E (2009) The information needs of partners and family members of cancer patients: a systematic literature review. Patient Education and Counseling, 77 (2). pp. 179-186. [summary page]
  • McIntosh, H M, Neal, R D, Rose, P, Watson, E, Wilkinson, C, Weller, D, Campbell, C (2009) Follow-up care for men with prostate cancer and the role of primary care: a systematic review of international guidelines. British Journal of Cancer, 100 (12). pp. 1852-1860. [summary page]
  • Watson, E, Rose, P W (2009) What is the value of routine follow-up after diagnosis and treatment of cancer?. British Journal of General Practice, 59 (564). pp. 482-483. [summary page]
  • Brain, K, Henderson, B J, Tyndel, S, Bankhead, C, Watson, E, Clements, A, Austoker, J (2008) Predictors of breast cancer related distress following mammography screening in younger women on a family history breast screening programme. Psycho-Oncology, 17 (12). pp. 1180-1188. [summary page]
  • Clements, A, Henderson, B, Tyndel, S, Evans, G, Brain, K, Austoker, J, Watson, E (2008) Diagnosed with breast cancer while on a family history screening programme: an exploratory qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 17 (3). pp. 245-252. [summary page]
  • Hewitson, P, Glasziou, P, Watson, E, Towler, B, Irwig, L (2008) Cochrane systematic review of colorectal cancer screening using the fecal occult blood test (Hemoccult): an update. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 103 (6). pp. 1541-1549. [summary page]
  • Khan, N, Ward, A, Watson, E, Austoker, J, Rose, P (2008) Long-term survivors of adult cancers and uptake of primary health services: a systematic review. European Journal of Cancer, 44 (2). pp. 195-204. [summary page]
  • Tyndel, S, Bankhead, C, Henderson, B, Brain, K, Watson, E, Austoker, J, PIMMS Study Management Group, (2008) Mammographic screening for young women with a family history of breast cancer: knowledge and views of those at risk.. British Journal of Cancer, 99 (7). pp. 1007-12. [summary page]
  • Woodrow, C, Watson, E, Rozmovits, L, Parker, R, Austoker, J (2008) Public perceptions of communicating information about bowel cancer screening. Health Expectations, 11 (1). pp. 16-25. [summary page]
Eila Watson

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