Rachel Starkings

Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at the Harriet L Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She completed a thesis examining the impact of an event's emotional valence on memory and whether there was a difference in binding errors across age groups. Following on from this, Rachel undertook an MSc at the University of Plymouth with a qualitative dissertation on the categorization of 'home' in relation to the natural environment. Rachel went on to work at The Royal Marsden as a Senior Trial Coordinator for both the Head, Neck and Thyroid group as well as the Renal and Melanoma firm where she was involved in numerous clinical trials, both academic and commercial in nature.

  • REDUCe2

    RCT looking at HRQoL with two kinds of ascetic drains in untreatable cirrhosis patients. The study will compare an alternative intervention, insertion of a palliative tunnelled long-term abdominal drain (Group 1 intervention - LTAD), to standard of care large volume paracentesis (Group 2 intervention - LVP) in the management of refractory ascites.


    Examines whether a short (8 min) film about Gene Expression Profiling (GEP) tests used in breast cancer (Oncotype DX® or Prosigna) helps improve patients‘ knowledge.

  • Bodyswaps

    A pilot study of the virtual reality communications skills training module 'managing angry conversations'.

  • Jenkins V, Starkings R, Teoh M, May S, Bloomfield D, Zammit C, ... & Matthews L. (2023). Patients' views and experiences on the supported self-management/patient-initiated follow up pathway for breast cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer; 31(12): 658. Find it online here 27/10/2023
  • Fallowfield L, Starkings R, Palmieri C, Tait, A, Stephen L, May S, ... & Jenkins V. (2023). Living with metastatic breast cancer (LIMBER): experiences, quality of life, gaps in information, care and support of patients in the UK. Supportive Care in Cancer; 31(8): 459. Find it online here 11/07/2023
  • Fallowfield L, Solis-Trapala I, Starkings R, May S, Matthews L, Eccles D, ... & Jenkins V. (2022). Talking about Risk, UncertaintieS of Testing IN Genetics (TRUSTING): development and evaluation of an educational programme for healthcare professionals about BRCA1 & BRCA2 testing. British Journal of Cancer; 127(6): 1116-1122. Find it online here 17/06/2022
  • King L, Matthews S, Foster C, Starkings R, Holch P, Absolom K, & Archer S. (2022). 'A fascinating time to be involved with research' exploring the impact of COVID-19 on postgraduate psycho-oncology researchers. Psycho-oncology; 31(4): 671-675. Find it online here 19/01/2022
  • Fallowfield L J, Farewell D, Jones H, May S, Catt S, Starkings R, & Jenkins V. (2022). IMPARTER, Phase 1 of an intervention to improve patients' understanding of gene expression profiling tests in breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 192: 265-271. Find it online here 04/01/2022
  • Starkings R, Shilling V, Jenkins V, & Fallowfield L. (2021). A structured review of quality of life in advanced and high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma shows the need for more studies and better measures. Skin Health and Disease; 1(3): e39. Find it online here 07/05/2021
  • Starkings R, Shilling V, & Fallowfield L. (2021). An online review of informational sources for advanced or high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Supportive Care in Cancer; 29: 4199-4207. Find it online here 08/02/2021
  • Starkings R, Shilling V, Jenkins V, & Fallowfield L. (2020). A systematic review of communication interventions to help healthcare professionals discuss genetic testing for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 183: 9-21. Find it online here 23/06/2020
  • Harder H, Starkings R M, Fallowfield L J, Menon U, Jacobs I J, & Jenkins V A. (2019). Sexual functioning in 4,418 postmenopausal women participating in UKCTOCS: a qualitative free-text analysis. Menopause (New York, NY); 26(10): 1100. Find it online here 10/08/2019
  • Starkings R, Jenkins V, & Shilling V. (2019). Insights into the use of social comparisons within an advanced cancer setting. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice; 1(2): e6. Find it online here 26/06/2019