U.K. student gets $453K for oral cancer research

A research project studying the impact of oral cancer on cancer survivors has secured a prestigious fellowship and funding of 281,000 pounds ($453,000 U.S.).

The National Institute of Health Research has awarded a Research Training Fellowship to Holly Cole-Hawkins, an academic clinical fellow in the University of Bristol School of Oral and Dental Sciences.

Her postdoctoral project, "Survivorship in people with oral cancer and their partners -- a mixed methods study," looks at what it means to be a survivor of oral cancer, assessing their support needs, the impact of appearance changes, and the effect on relationship dynamics.

Cole-Hawkins hopes her research, to be conducted over three years, will inform the way people with oral cancer are treated and lead to the development of interventions to further support them. It will be closely aligned with Head and Neck 5000, a national study of people with head and neck cancer being led by the University of Bristol, the school noted.

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