Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell

Prof Anna Campbell

Professor

Biography

I trained as an immunologist/ biochemist and worked in the biotechnology industry until 1998. Since graduating in 2000 with a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, I have concentrated on researching the physical and psychological effects of exercise and physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. I have published over 60 research papers and three academic book chapters in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship.

My research has been based around the development and testing of pragmatic interventions for cancer survivors and examining the effects of physical activity / exercise on cardiorespiratory fitness, active daily living, psychological well being and quality of life. These studies have involved working with breast, gynaecological, colorectal and lung cancer patients.

I consider myself as a "Pracademic" ie my academic work is closely connected to the practitioners' world : health professionals working in the field of oncology and fitness professionals working in community setting with clients with chronic conditions. I designed two exercise DVDs for cancer survivors funded by Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care; I set up the first free community based exercise programme for cancer survivors in the UK - the basis of Macmillan Cancer Care's MoveMore Programme; and I am Director of CanRehab (www.canrehab.co.uk) which was established to train fitness professionals to provide safe effective exercise programmes for anyone post cancer diagnosis . I also have established the charity CanRehabTrust which links cancer patients to cancer exercise specialists. I am part of the WHO cancer rehabilitation 2030 group.

In addition to my research interests and establishing best practice, I am also involved in the development and teaching of Clinical Exercise Science M.Sc at Edinburgh Napier. This Masters degree builds on the Sport Exercise and Health’s research and expertise in the therapeutic role of exercise in a number of clinical settings (cancer, cardiovascular, stroke, multiple sclerosis etc.). This Masters is unique in providing a strong applied component to this degree. The MSc students work directly with cancer survivors to learn how to perform clinical exercise tests, exercise consultations/ behaviour change interventions and how to design individualised safe and effective exercise programmes for real clients. The module “Cancer Survivorship and Exercise” incorporates the CanRehab Level 4 national occupational standard vocational qualification into this Module.

I am also on the advisory board for the NHS Prehabilitation Programme for cancer patients and Chair of the international Cancer Special Interest Group at ACSM.

Themes

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • International Advisory Panel on guidelines on exercise and bone metastases
  • International Roundtable for development of guidelines on cancer and exercise
  • Guidelines and implementation of Prehabilitation for cancer patients in NHS
  • Clinical exercise physiology workforce development in Europe advisory team
  • Chair ACSM international Cancer Special Interest Group
  • International 'Moving Through Cancer' Initiative
  • Prepare-ABC Trial Steering Committee
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Lifestyle and Behaviour Change Subgroup
  • Macmillan's Cancer and Physical Activity Standard Evaluation Framework Group
  • Trial steering committee – B-AHEAD clinical trial
  • Breast Cancer Campaign Research Gap Advisory Group
  • Macmillan Physical Activity and Cancer Advisory Group

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External reviewer of University of Chichester Masters programmes. MSc/ MSci degree programmes in the area of sport and exercise science

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • MBE for services to cancer survivorship and exercise rehabilitation
  • Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Dundee)

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Irish Cancer Society Grant Applications
  • World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)
  • External reviewer for Irish Cancer Society’s PhD studentships
  • Dutch Cancer Society Research Grants
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Chief Scientist Office (Health Services Research)
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Macmillan Cancer Support

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'Implementation of exercise programmes for breast cancer patients' breast cancer interdisciplinary meeting (February 2020)
  • LUCID conference for doctors insurance (Oct 2019)
  • 'Mechanisms of protection from cancer recurrence by Exercise' Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (February 2019)
  • 'Movement Matters' OncoMove Conference Porto Portugal (Sept 2019)
  • Danish Annual Physiotherapist Conference - 'evidence review of exercise and cancer'
  • Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh Annual Symposium (March 2017)
  • Royal Mardsen Cancer Exercise Conference (November each year)
  • Cancer Symposium: ISBNPA, Cape Town, South Africa (June 2016)
  • 'Exercise and Prostate Cancer'European Urology Nursing Oncology (EUAN) conference, Madrid (May 2015)
  • 'Benefits of staying active after a cancer diagnosis'Royal College of Medicine GP Masterclass in cancer survivorship (December 2015)
  • 'Evidence Review on Exercise and Cancer' British Association of Exercise and Science (BASES) annual conference St George’s Park, Staffordshire (December 2015)
  • International Physical Activity and Health Conference Sydney, Australia, (November 2012)
  • International Sydney Breast Cancer Conference, Sydney Australia (October, 2012)
  • European Cancer Congress (ECCO) “Cancer, now what? Returning to normal life”, Amsterdam (September 2013)
  • Royal Marsden talk at conference “Exercise – the fourth cancer treatment (January 2015)
  • Scottish Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Research Group Annual Meeting – Edinburgh (January 2016)
  • Scottish Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Group Annual Meeting - Dundee (November 2011)
  • Conference - Cancer and Consequences of Treatment, Warwick University (October 2010)
  • “Bone Health and Cancer Clinical Implications and Palliative Care” - Surrey University (March 2012)
  • e-ESO webinar “The role of exercise in cancer rehabilitation” (www.e-ESO.net) (Jan 2013)
  • “Stacking the Odds against Cancer Occurrence and Recurrence” Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, Edinburgh (November 2011)
  • BASES Conference “Challenging the Dogma” - Glasgow (September 2010)
  • Keynote “Innovations in Oncology – Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton (June 2013)
  • Denmark and Sweden Visit: 3 days of presentations and workshops in Copenhagen, Odense and Oslo to health professionals working in cancer rehabilitation with research colleague from National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.(March 2015)
  • Keynote British Psychological Society “Sport & Exercise Psychology in Action” University of Chichester (October 2012)
  • British Dietetic Association “Living with and Beyond Cancer – Thinking Outside the Box” Brighton (September 2012).

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Exercise after a Sarcoma Diagnosis - patient group
  • 'Exercise after a kidney cancer diagnosis' Patient Forum

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Kira Bloomquist University of Copenhagen
  • External examiner for PhD student Lauri McDermott, University of Ulster
  • External examiner for PhD Kevin Kipling at University of Huddersfield
  • External examiner for PhD: Eric Martin at New South Wales University, Sydney Australia

 

Reviewing

  • Lung
  • Lancet Oncology
  • Referee for two Cochrane Reviews
  • Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
  • Health Education Research
  • European Journal of Cancer Care,
  • European Journal of Oncology Nursing,
  • J Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Cancer Causes and Control,
  • J Cancer Survivorship,
  • Journal Clinical Oncology,
  • Physical Therapy,
  • British Medical Journal (BMJ),

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting teacher to University of Copenhagen

 

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From Theory to Practice: An International Approach to Establishing Prehabilitation Programmes

Journal Article
Davis, J. F., van Rooijen, S. J., Grimmett, C., West, M. A., Campbell, A. M., Awasthi, R., …Jack, S. (2022)
From Theory to Practice: An International Approach to Establishing Prehabilitation Programmes. Current Anesthesiology Reports, 12(1), 129-137. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40140-022-00516-2
Purpose This article focuses on the following: *The importance of prehabilitation in people with cancer and the known and hypothesised benefits. *Exploration of the principles...

Exercise Recommendation for People With Bone Metastases: Expert Consensus for Health Care Providers and Exercise Professionals

Journal Article
Campbell, K. L., Cormie, P., Weller, S., Alibhai, S. M. H., Bolam, K. A., Campbell, A., …Goulart, J. (in press)
Exercise Recommendation for People With Bone Metastases: Expert Consensus for Health Care Providers and Exercise Professionals. JCO Oncology Practice, https://doi.org/10.1200/op.21.00454
PURPOSE: Exercise has been underutilized in people with advanced or incurable cancer despite the potential to improve physical function and reduce psychosocial morbidity, espe...

The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Rehabilitation

Journal Article
Campbell, A. (2021)
The Role Of Exercise In Cancer Rehabilitation. Journal of Cancer Rehabilitation, 4, 103-104. https://doi.org/10.48252/JCR22

SafeFit Trial: Virtual clinics to deliver a multimodal intervention to improve psychological and physical wellbeing in people with cancer. Protocol of a COVID-19 targeted non-randomised phase III trial

Journal Article
Grimmett, C., Bates, A., West, M., Leggett, S., Varkonyi-Sepp, J., Campbell, A., …Jack, S. (2021)
SafeFit Trial: Virtual clinics to deliver a multimodal intervention to improve psychological and physical wellbeing in people with cancer. Protocol of a COVID-19 targeted non-randomised phase III trial. BMJ Open, 11(8), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048175
Introduction: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (caused by the SArS-CoV-2 virus), on individuals with cancer has been profound. It has led to increased anxiety, distress and...

Exercise for individuals with bone metastases: A systematic review

Journal Article
Weller, S., Hart, N. H., Bolam, K. A., Mansfield, S., Mina, D. S., Winters-Stone, K. M., …Campbell, K. L. (2021)
Exercise for individuals with bone metastases: A systematic review. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 166, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.critrevonc.2021.103433
Background Exercise has the potential to improve physical function and quality of life in individuals with bone metastases but is often avoided due to safety concerns. This s...

Moving Through Cancer: Setting the Agenda to Make Exercise Standard in Oncology Practice

Journal Article
Schmitz, K. H., Stout, N. L., Maitin‐Shepard, M., Campbell, A., Schwartz, A. L., Grimmett, C., …Sokolof, J. M. (2021)
Moving Through Cancer: Setting the Agenda to Make Exercise Standard in Oncology Practice. Cancer, 127(3), 476-484. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.33245
International evidence‐based guidelines support the prescription of exercise for all individuals living with and beyond cancer. This article describes the agenda of the newly...

An Exercise Oncology Clinical Pathway: Screening and Referral for Personalized Interventions

Journal Article
Stout, N., Brown, J., Schwartz, A., Marshall, T., Campbell, A., Nekhlyudov, L., …Alfano, C. (2020)
An Exercise Oncology Clinical Pathway: Screening and Referral for Personalized Interventions. Cancer, 126(12), 2750-2758. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.32860
This article presents a clinical screening and referral framework to enable health care professionals to guide individuals with cancer to safe and effective exercise programs.

Synergy Between Licensed Rehabilitation Professionals and Clinical Exercise Physiologists: Optimizing Patient Care for Cancer Rehabilitation

Journal Article
Coletta, A. M., Campbell, A., Morris, G. S., & Schmitz, K. H. (2020)
Synergy Between Licensed Rehabilitation Professionals and Clinical Exercise Physiologists: Optimizing Patient Care for Cancer Rehabilitation. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 36(1), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2019.150975
Objectives: To differentiate between rehabilitation and exercise training and propose how rehabilitation professionals and exercise physiologists can collaborate to optimize c...

Reply to Comment on “The effectiveness of home versus community-based weight control programmes initiated soon after breast cancer diagnosis: a randomised controlled trial”

Journal Article
Harvie, M., Pegington, M., Bundred, N., Campbell, A., Belcher, J., Howell, S., & Howell, A. (2020)
Reply to Comment on “The effectiveness of home versus community-based weight control programmes initiated soon after breast cancer diagnosis: a randomised controlled trial”. British Journal of Cancer, 122(6), 925-926. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-019-0715-z
A response to a comment on the RCT to justify our participant eligiblity.

Exercise Window Trial in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer–Letter

Journal Article
Sims, A. H., Leggate, M., & Campbell, A. (2019)
Exercise Window Trial in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer–Letter. Clinical Cancer Research, 25(24), 7609-7610. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-19-2571

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • EFFECT: Breast Cancer Campaign £60,000 - Co -investigator
  • TREATWELL: CSO £138,721 Co Investigator
  • Feasibility of Chi-gung intervention for cancer survivors: Macmillan Cancer Care:£18,200 P.I>
  • CRIB: NIHR; : £279,956 Co-investigator
  • Consultancy Income for one day/week Macmillan Cancer Care £60,000
  • 5 year follow up on breast cancer survivors in RCT exercise intervention: Macmillan Cancer Care £35,000 PI
  • B-AHEAD: NIHR £250,000 Co-investigator
  • Cancer as a catalyst for change: CSO; £246,404 Co-investigator

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD:Effects of Exercise on Lung Cancer Survivors - University of Surrey
  • PhD: Exercise in the management of cancer related fatigue: feasibility, barriers and facilitators University of Ulster
  • Ph D: Physiotherapy management of cancer related fatigue in the gynaecological cancer population: University of Ulster