Professor Emeritus (Human & Health Sciences)
College of Human and Health Sciences

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. Sodergren, S., Committee), ., Wheelwright, S., Permyakova, N., Patel, M., Calman, L., Smith, P., Din, A., Richardson, A., Fenlon, D., Winter, J., Corner, J., & Foster, C. Supportive care needs of patients following treatment for colorectal cancer: risk factors for unmet needs and the association between unmet needs and health-related quality of life—results from the ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  2. Baker, B., Hoffman, C., & Fenlon, D. What can a third sector organisation provide for people with breast cancer that public health services cannot? Developing support services in response to service evaluation. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 30, 100943
  3. Dawson, C., Adams, J., & Fenlon, D. The experiences of people who receive swallow therapy after surgical treatment of head and neck cancer. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
  4. Lopera, C., Worsley, P., Bader, D., & Fenlon, D. 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.
  5. Cruickshank, S., Steel, E., Fenlon, D., Armes, J., Banks, E., & Humphris, G. Specialist breast cancer nurses’ views on implementing a fear of cancer recurrence intervention in practice: a mixed methods study. Supportive Care in Cancer

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  • SHN126 Learning to Learn in Higher Education and Clinical Practice

    This module aims to prepare students to study effectively in Higher Education and in the clinical setting. Completion of the module will empower the student to participate effectively in acquiring knowledge through a variety of learning strategies enabling progression towards becoming an independent learner in both academic and clinical settings.


  • Can 3D Camera Imaging Provide Improved Information to Assess and Manage Lymphoedema in Clinical Practice? (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Can an embedded third sector personalized program of support people with breast cancer reduce reliance on NHS services compared with usual care? A mixed-methods, patients preference feasibility study. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Beech
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Untitled (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Does participation in an e-learning programme improve NMP knowledge, performance, willingness to prescribe and confidence? (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
    Other supervisor: Prof Jayne Cutter

Research Groups

  • National Cancer Research Institute

    National Cancer Research Institute Clinical Studies Group for Breast Cancer

  • NCRI Symptom Management Group

    Chair of NCRI Symptom Management Group for Breast Cancer