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Get involved: take part in the 'Worry in Partners of Cancer Survivors' study


Get involved: take part in the 'Worry in Partners of Cancer Survivors' study


If someone you care about has been affected by cancer, you could help with this new piece of research by Louise O’Rourke. She tells us more here:

"Cancer can take a massive toll on individuals and their families, both physically and emotionally.  Even after the elation of finishing treatment with the all clear, a cloud of worry can still remain, the fear of the cancer coming back.  It is a commonly reported concern, yet partners tend to worry more about the possibility of the cancer returning than cancer patients do themselves.  Many studies have looked into the possible factors that may influence or contribute to why this fear is felt by survivors, but fewer questions have been asked about the people who go along that journey with them, their partners.


Through my research at the University of Liverpool, I am seeking partners of cancer survivors to take part in a study which aims to better understand worry about a partner’s cancer returning.  The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will ask questions about how you think and feel about your partner’s cancer returning and also about your own experiences of anxiety, low mood and worry.  The responses that you do give will remain confidential. 

As a thank you for taking the time to complete the research study, you will be entered into a prize draw to be eligible to win one of six £25 high street vouchers.

Cancer, no matter the diagnosis, is an incredibly difficult life journey to undertake.  In order to help the individuals and families that are still yet to walk that difficult road, we would humbly ask you to please share your experiences so that we can help to improve our understanding as to how these fears can be better addressed in the future."

Please contact Louise O’Rourke by email ( or click on the link for further information:


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