Professor Fenlon is a leading nurse researcher in the field of cancer survivorship. In particular looking at the needs of women who have been treated for breast cancer and in developing and testing interventions to help support them with these ongoing needs. She lead the clinical nursing services for breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and Surrey before becoming a full time teacher and researcher.

Professor Fenlon is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute Clinical Studies Group for Breast Cancer and chairs the NCRI Symptom Management Group for Breast Cancer. She is also advisor to Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care, the National Audit for Breast Cancer in Older People and Macmillan Cancer Support.

“My aim is to see research as an integral part of nursing practice in the same way it is for medicine - never taking for granted that we know the best way to deliver care and always striving to make it better.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer nursing
  • Breast cancer
  • cancer survivorship


  1. & Factors associated with intentional and unintentional non-adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy following breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care
  2. & Nordic Walking as an Exercise Intervention to Reduce Pain in Women With Aromatase Inhibitor–Associated Arthralgia: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 52(4), 548-559.
  3. et. al. A web-based intervention (RESTORE) to support self-management of cancer-related fatigue following primary cancer treatment: a multi-centre proof of concept randomised controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer 24(6), 2445-2453.
  4. & Second international consensus guidelines for breast cancer in young women (BCY2). The Breast 26, 87-99.
  5. & Pre-Surgery Depression and Confidence to Manage Problems Predict Recovery Trajectories of Health and Wellbeing in the First Two Years following Colorectal Cancer: Results from the CREW Cohort Study. PLOS ONE 11(5), e0155434

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  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participantsÂż awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.


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    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts