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Oct 2018 - Feb 2022

An exploration of disparities in cancer care for people with disabilities in Wales and how these are experienced


Alice James



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Dr Sally Anstey

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Cancer Control, survivorship and outcomes research

This PhD is part funded through the Knowledge and Economy Skills Scholarship 2 Programme which you can find out more about here 

Over two million people in the UK have been diagnosed with cancer. Limited evidence suggests there are disparities in access to cancer services for particular groups. Specifically there is some evidence that people with disabilities are more likely be diagnosed with cancer later when it is at an advanced stage compared to people without disabilities3-7. This has been linked, among other factors, to reduced use of screening services and increased barriers to accessing care.

This project builds upon a current Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant on experiences of cancer care for people with physical disabilities.

The purpose of this PhD studentship is to;

  1. Investigate disparities in diagnosis, including cancer stage, treatment, and survival, between people with and without disabilities.
  2. Explore the combined influence to cancer care access of disability and other demographic and socio-economic variables as evidence suggests these might also have an effect.
  3. Explore the experiences of these disparities and the reasons behind them.

This PhD studentship will identify factors that should be taken into account in the provision of cancer care for disabled people. It will then, based on peoples’ experiences, propose ways to address the specific needs of this population to inform the development of the Welsh Cancer delivery plan

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