A leading University of Newcastle researcher who pioneered work into the psycho-social impact of cancer has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher received the doctor of science degree in recognition of his research contribution to behavioural science. He is internationally recognised for his population-based approach to preventing cancer and improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
Professor Sanson-Fisher said an understanding of the psycho-social needs of cancer patients was critical.
"People with cancer not only suffer from physical ailments, but anxiety about their treatment; the way they are being cared for; the information they are receiving; as well as family, financial, social and work-related concerns. These issues all impact on a person's ability to cope, which in turn affects their recovery."
Professor Sanson-Fisher works in collaboration with the Hunter Medical Research Institute's Public Health Research Program. HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.