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

Publications

  1. & Adjuvant endocrine therapy after breast cancer: a qualitative study of factors associated with adherence. Patient Preference and Adherence 12, 291-300.
  2. & Investigating the Short-Term Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Compression Garment Therapies on Lymphatic Function Using Near-Infrared Imaging. Lymphatic Research and Biology 15(3), 235-240.
  3. & Management of hot flushes in UK breast cancer patients: clinician and patient perspectives. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 38(4), 276-283.
  4. & Social support following diagnosis and treatment for colorectal cancer and associations with health-related quality of life: Results from the UK ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) cohort study. Psycho-Oncology 26(12), 2276-2284.
  5. & Investigating the Short-Term Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Compression Garment Therapies on Lymphatic Function Using Near-Infrared Imaging. Lymphatic Research and Biology

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Teaching

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants┬┐ 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.

Supervision

  • Self Management Programmes for Women with Breast Cancer in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon