Professor Eila Watson

HRH Prince Sultan 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.

Current research

  • 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)
  • Adherence to endocrine therapy: the experiences and beliefs of women.
  • Mammo-50 (PI: Janet Dunn, University of Warwick) this trial aims to explore the optimal frequency of mammographic surveillance in women with breast cancer over 50. The trial includes qualitative and quality of life sub-studies.

Research Grants

  • 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.

Recent peer-reviewed publications

  • 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-2014-005186
  • 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 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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),
  • 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, 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.
  • 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
  • Khan NF, Ward Am, Watson E, Rose PW. Consulting and prescribing behaviour for anxiety and depression in ling-term survivors of cancer in the UK. European Journal of Cancer 2010 46: 3339-3344
  • Khan NF, Carpenter L, Watson E, Rose PW. Cancer screening and preventative care among long-term cancer survivors in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Cancer (2010) 102, 1085 – 1090
  • Khan NF, Watson EK, Rose PW. Primary care consultation behaviours of long-term, adult survivors of cancer in the UK. Br J Gen Pract (2010) in press
  • Adams, E., Boulton, M., Rose, P., Lund, S., Richardson, A., Wilson, S. and Watson, E. Views of cancer care reviews in primary care: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract 2011; 61:274-275.
  • O'Brien R, Rose PW, Campbell C, Weller D, Neal RD, Wilkinson C, Watson EK. Experiences of follow-up after treatment in patients with prostate cancer: a qualitative study. BJU Intl (2010); Vol 106 (7): 998-1003.
  • 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 care: an on-line survey. J Cancer Surviv (2010) 4: 159-166
  • FH01 Collaborative Team*. Mammographic surveillance in women younger than 50 years who have a family history of breast cancer: tumour characteristics and projected effect on mortality in the prospective, single-arm, FH01 study. The Lancet Oncology, Volume 11, Issue 12, Pages 1127 - 1134, December 2010 (* I am a member of the collaborative team)
  • Rose PW, Watson EK. What is the value of routine follow-up after diagnosis and treatment of cancer? British Journal of General Practice, 2009; 59(564):pp482-3 (Editorial)
  • Adams E, Boulton M, Watson E. The information needs of partners and family members of cancer patients: a systematic literature review. Pat Educ Couns 2009; 77(2): 179-186
  • McIntosh HM, Neal RD, Rose P, Watson E, Wilkinson C, Weller D, Campbell C, on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Follow-up Group. Follow-up care for men with prostate cancer and the role of primary care: a systematic review of international guidelines.Br J Cancer 2009; 100, 1852-1860 a
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