Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer

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Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer
This is a guest blogpost by Marjon Faaij, who I was delighted to supervise for her Master of Pharmacy research project.  We made a great team – Marjon had a personal interest in the impact of cancer on daily life, and I had access to some data about cancer survivorship through the PROFILES registry. Even better, because ...

1 in 5 people with cancer report financial difficulties

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More than 20% of people with cancer in the Netherlands report financial difficulties as a result of their cancer care. If they are unemployed, this goes up to over 25%, as found in a paper published today in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Dr Alison Pearce, the lead author on the study explains “People often ...

$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries

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$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries
Premature – and potentially avoidable – death from cancer is costing tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in a group of key developing economies that includes China, India and South Africa. Over two-thirds of the world’s cancer deaths occur in economically developing countries, but the societal costs of cancer have rarely been assessed ...

The reality of chemotherapy side effects

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The reality of chemotherapy side effects
My latest publication shows that over three-quarters of people having chemotherapy in New South Wales experience multiple side effects during their treatment, and for over 60% of people this included a serious side effect. These results confirm previous research that suggests side effects might be more common, and more serious, in clinical practice (ie ‘real ...

Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy

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Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy
When doing economic evaluation you often need to forecast into the future.  And when projecting about earnings, you need to account for changes in the economy (for example, inflation). I am currently working on a study examining productivity losses associated with cancer in Ireland, and need to account for wage growth in the future.  But ...

Multiple regression ‘cheat sheet’

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This was a ‘cheat sheet’ I put together during the ACSPRI 2012 Winter Program course “Fundamentals of Multiple Regression” (Fun Reg). The cheat sheet simply summarises the concepts, formula’s and assumptions often used in regression analysis which were discussed in the course. Fun Reg Cheat Sheet This was a fantastic course that I would highly ...

My experience of working with data that isn’t ‘mine’

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This blog post was originally written for and published by the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) Emerging Researcher Group (ERGO) section of the August 2012 Newsletter.   During my PhD I was lucky enough to be offered access to a large dataset for analysis.  This was a fantastic opportunity, which ...