University Lecturer in Palliative Medicine
Anna qualified from Cambridge in 1992, and subsequently trained in both hospital medicine and general practice, before specializing in palliative care. Since 2011, she has worked as a palliative medicine consultant at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and, in 2019, she was appointed as a University Lecturer (Honorary Consultant) in Palliative and End of Life Care. She is the Lead Consultant for the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service.
Anna’s research focuses on brief, community-based complex interventions for the management of intractable fatigue and breathlessness in chronic disease. Her MD thesis described a series of studies culminating in working with young cancer patients to co-design an age-appropriate fatigue intervention. She is developing and evaluating conceptual models that describe vicious cycles of emotional and behavioural responses to breathlessness and fatigue; the models can explain symptom perpetuation and facilitate intervention.
Anna has supported the development and delivery of undergraduate palliative care education at the University of Cambridge since 2012. As Academic Lead for the East of England Specialty Training Committee, she is contributing to building regional postgraduate academic palliative care training. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Spathis A, Hatcher H, Booth S, Gibson F, Stone P, Abbas L, Barclay M, Brimicombe J, Thiemann P, McCabe M, Campsey R, Hooker L, Moss W, Robson J, Barclay S. Cancer-related fatigue in adolescents and young adults after cancer treatment: persistent and poorly managed. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology 2017;6(3):489-493.
- Spathis A, Booth S, Moffat C, Hurst R, Ryan R, Chin C, Burkin J. The Breathing, Thinking, Functioning clinical model: a proposal to facilitate evidence-based breathlessness management in chronic respiratory disease. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 2017; 27(1):27. DOI: 10.1038/s41533-017-0024-z
- Ryan R, Clow A, Spathis A, Smyth N, Barclay S, Fallon M, Booth S. Salivary diurnal cortisol profiles in patients suffering from chronic breathlessness receiving supportive and palliative care services: a cross-sectional study. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2017;79:134-145.
- Ryan R, Booth S, Spathis A, Mollart S, Clow A. Use of salivary diurnal cortisol as an outcome measures in randomised controlled trials: a systematic review. Annals of Behavioural Medicine 2016;50(2):210-236.
- Spathis A, Booth S, Grove S, Hatcher H, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Teenage and young adult cancer-related fatigue is prevalent, distressing and neglected: it is time to intervene. A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology 2015;4(1):3-17
- Spathis A, Fife K. Blackhall F, Dutton S, Bahadori R, Wharton R, O’Brien M, Stone P, Benepal T, Bates N, Wee B. Modafinil for the treatment of fatigue in lung cancer: results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014;32(18):1882-1888