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Anita O'Donovan
Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy

Biography

I joined the Discipline as Assistant Professor in November 2011. Before that I worked in both clinical and research positions as a Radiation Therapist in Saint Luke's Hospital, Rathgar and in Cork University Hospital.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Leonard, S. and O'Donovan, A., Measuring Safety Culture: Application of The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture to Radiotherapy Departments Worldwide, Practical Radiation Oncology, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Anita O'Donovan, Integrating Geriatric Medicine Principles into Oncology, Royal College of Radiologists Annual Scientific Meeting, RCSI, Dublin, Ireland, 29th September, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Wildes, T.M., O'Donovan, A. Colloca, G.F. and Cheung, K.L., Tumour boards in geriatric oncology, Age and Ageing, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

O'Donovan, A., Leech, M. and Gillham, C., Assessment and Management of Radiotherapy Induced Toxicity in Older Patients , Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

O'Donovan, A., MANAGING THE ELDERLY IN RADIOTHERAPY USING GERIATRIC ASSESSMENT: 'MERGE', European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Spring/Summer Magazine, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Andrea Lipsett, Sarah Barrett, Fatimah Haruna, Karen Mustian and Anita O'Donovan, The impact of exercise during adjuvant radiotherapy for breast cancer on fatigue and quality of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis, The Breast, 32, 2017, p144 - 155 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Lipsett, A., Barrett, S. and O'Donovan, A., Impact of Exercise During Adjuvant Radiotherapy on Fatigue and Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients: A Meta-Analysis, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , September 23rd/24th, 2016 Poster, 2016

A. O'Donovan, The Impact of Radiation Toxicity on Quality of Life of Older Patients, 16th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) , Milan, Italy, November 17-19, 2016, SIOG Invited Talk, 2016 URL

Andrea Lipsett, Sarah Barrett and Anita O'Donovan, Impact of Exercise During Adjuvant Radiotherapy on Fatigue and Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients: A Meta-Analysis, Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy Annual Conference, Dublin , 8th October, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

O'Donovan, A. and Poole, C., Fink About It: Development and Evaluation of a Communications Curriculum for Healthcare Professionals,, MedEdPublish, 5, (1), 2016, p16- Journal Article, 2016

Hogan, L and O'Donovan, A., Older people's experience of radiotherapy services, Advances in Modern Oncology Research, 2, (2), 2016, p105 - 115 Journal Article, 2016

Anita O'Donovan, Charles Gillham, Conal Cunningham, Pierre Thirion, Moya Cunningham, Nazmy ElBeltagi, Michelle Leech, Application of ADEPT(a process for decision-making after pilot and feasibility trials) to a pilot geriatric oncology programme in radiation therapy, 16th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) , Milan, Italy, November 17-19, 2016 Poster, 2016 URL

Turner, C., Boyle, G, Robinson, D., Soraghan, C and O'Donovan, A. , ONCOLAMP: A Study of the Accessibility of Community Based Services Relevant To Patients with Cancer and their Relationship to Social Deprivation and Cancer Incidence. , Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , September 23rd/24th, 2016 Poster, 2016

Ryan, E., O'Donovan, A. and Kenny, R.A., , The Behavioural And Emotional Outcomes Of Ageing Cancer Survivors In Ireland. Results From The Irish Longitudinal Study On Ageing, 16th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), Milan, Italy, November 17-19, 2016 Poster, 2016 URL

Ryan, E., O'Donovan, A. and Kenny, R.A.., The Behavioural And Emotional Outcomes Of Ageing Cancer Survivors In Ireland. Results From The Irish Longitudinal Study On Ageing., Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy Annual Conference, Dublin , Dublin , 8th October, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Ryan, E., O'Donovan, A. and Kenny, R.A., The Behavioural And Emotional Outcomes Of Ageing Cancer Survivors In Ireland. Results From The Irish Longitudinal Study On Ageing., Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, September 23rd/24th, 2016 Poster, 2016

Irish Geriatric Oncology Group, Irish Geriatric Oncology Inaugural Meeting, March 28th, In:Irish Geriatric Oncology Meeting 2015, 2015, Dublin, Ireland Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2015 URL

Lalor, S.J.. and O'Donovan, A., Impact of Age on Participation in Randomised Trials for Lung Cancer Patients , 15th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) , Prague, 12th-14th November , 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

O'Donovan, A., O'Herlihy, A. and Cunningham, M., Knowledge and Attitudes of Radiation Therapists and Radiation Therapy Students Towards Older People, Radiography, 21, (3), 2015, pe96 - e102 Journal Article, 2015

O'Donovan, A., Gillham, C., Cunningham, C., Thirion, P., Cunningham, M., El Beltagi, N. and Leech, M., Managing the Elderly in Radiotherapy using Geriatric assessmEnt (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study, SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education)Network 1st Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, Friday 9th January , 2015 Poster, 2015

O'Donovan, A., Mohile, S. and Leech, M., Expert Consensus Panel Guidelines on Geriatric Assessment in Oncology, European Journal of Cancer Care, 24, (4), 2015, p574 - 589 Journal Article, 2015

O'Donovan, A., Geriatric Assessment for Cancer Patients, National Society for Medical Oncology in Romania (SNOMR) and Institute of Oncology Bucharest "Research in Medical Oncology and Palliative Care", Bucharest, Romania, 17th & 18th April , 2015, ESMO and MASCC Invited Talk, 2015 URL

O'Donovan, A., Guidelines for the Treatment of Older Cancer Patients: Task Forces of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, ASCO Post, 6, (9), 2015 Review Article, 2015

Mohile, S.G., Verlardea, C., Hurria, A., Magnuson, A., Lowenstein, L., Pandya, C., O'Donovan, A., Gorawara-Bhat, R. and Dale, W., Geriatric Assessment-Guided Care Processes for Older Adults: A Delphi Consensus of Geriatric Oncology Experts, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN), 13, (9), 2015 Journal Article, 2015

O'Donovan, A., Geriatric Oncology Update, 14th Annual All Ireland Radiation Therapy Study Day, Trinity College Dublin, March 1st , 2014, Discipline of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin Invited Talk, 2014

O'Donovan, A. , Gillham, C., Cunningham, C. , Thirion, P. , Cunningham, M. , El Beltagi, N. and Leech, M., Managing the Elderly in Radiotherapy using Geriatric assessmEnt (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study,, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 14th Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-25 October, 2014 Poster, 2014

Conaty,R., Ryan, L., Harper, D. , and O'Donovan, A., Failure Mode and Effects Analysis for Delivery Of Lung SBRT Through VMAT at St James's Hospital (SLRON), Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , September 26th/27th, 2014 Poster, 2014

O'Donovan, A. , A Blended Learning Approach to an Undergraduate Evidence-based Practice Project, Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) , Belfast, Ireland, February 21st , 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Frain, F. and O'Donovan, A., Coverage of Cancer in the Irish Print Media, Health and Social Care Professions Conference, Dublin, Ireland, February , 2014 Poster, 2014

O'Connell, C., Cunningham, M and O'Donovan, A., Erectile Dysfunction in Prostate Cancer Patients; Knowledge Levels and Attitudes towards Information Provision by Healthcare Professionals, ESTRO 33, Vienna, Austria, April 3rd-8th , 2014 Poster, 2014

O'Donovan, A., Coleman, M., Harris, R and Herst, P., Prophylaxis and Management of Acute Radiation-induced Skin Toxicity: A Survey of Practice Across Europe and the USA, European Journal of Cancer Care, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

O'Donovan, A. , Gillham, C., Cunningham, C. , Thirion, P. , Cunningham, M. , El Beltagi, N. and Leech, M., Managing the Elderly in Radiotherapy using Geriatric assessmEnt (MERGE): A Pilot Geriatric Oncology Study, Trinity College Dublin's 9th International Cancer Conference, Dublin, 17th-18th September , 2014 Poster, 2014

O'Donovan, A., Mohile, S. and Leech, M., Expert Consensus Panel on Geriatric Assessment Interventions in Oncology: the European Perspective, International Society of Geriatric Oncology annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

McCarthy, J. and O'Donovan, A, Stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiation therapy in the management of brain metastases, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, September , 2013 Poster, 2013

Gwiazda, S., Wiebe, M., Robinson, D., O'Donovan, A, Knowledge and Attitudes of Trinity College Dublin Medical Students Towards Older People., International Society of Geriatric Oncology annual conference , Copenhagen, Denmark, October , 2013 Poster, 2013

Joyce, M.B. and O'Donovan, A., Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of NCHDs Towards Cognitive Assessment of Older Oncology Patients,, 61st Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Dublin, Ireland, September , 2013 Poster, 2013

Coleman, M. and O'Donovan, A., A Survey of Radiotherapy Skin Care Practice Across Europe and the USA, 2nd European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) Forum, , Geneva, Switzerland, April , 2013 Poster, 2013

O'Donovan, A., Mohile, S. and Leech, M., Expert Consensus Panel on Geriatric Assessment Interventions in Oncology: the European Perspective, Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, September , 2013 Poster, 2013

Mohile, S.Hurria, A. Velarde, C. Magnuson, A. O'Donovan, A. Dale, W, An Expert Consensus Panel on Geriatric Assessment Interventions in Oncology: the US Perspective, International Society of Geriatric Oncology annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

O'Donovan A., O'Shea E., O'Loughlin M., Hogan M., Mullaney L., Dempsey S., Moriarty M., McKenzie K., , The Impact of an Educational Support Group for Prostate Cancer Patients., ESTRO 25, Leipzig, Germany, September , 2006 Oral Presentation, 2006

O'Donovan A., O'Shea E., O'Loughlin M., Hogan M., Mullaney L., Dempsey S., Moriarty M., McKenzie K., A randomised trial of the impact of an educational support group for prostate cancer patients, 8th Biennial ESTRO meeting on physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy, Portugal, September , 2005 Oral Presentation, 2005

Soto-Perez-de-Celis E, de Glas NA, Hsu T, Kanesvaran R, Steer C, Navarrete-Reyes AP, Battisti NM, Chavarri-Guerra Y, O'Donovan A, Avila-Funes JA, Hurria A., Global geriatric oncology: Achievements and challenges, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 8, (5), p374 - 386 Journal Article, URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Donovan, A., Integrating Geriatric Medicine Principles into Oncology, Grand Rounds, Christie Hospital, Manchester, UK, March 17th , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017 URL

Anita O'Donovan, Oncology of Later Life: New Horizons for the Radiation Therapist, Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland, 7th October , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

O'Donovan, A. and Harper, D., 'Brachytherapy: Best Practice Guidelines', 2011, - Protocol or guideline, 2011

O'Donovan A., O'Shea E., O'Loughlin M., Hogan M., Mullaney L., Dempsey S., Moriarty M., McKenzie K., , The Impact of an Educational Support Group for Prostate Cancer Patients, Radiography Ireland, 14, (1), 2010, p24 - 27 Journal Article, 2010

O'Donovan, A., Radiotherapy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Radiography Ireland , 14, (1), 2010, p20 - 23 Journal Article, 2010

Research Expertise

Description

Geriatric Oncology

Projects

  • Title
    • Managing the Elderly in Radiotherapy using Geriatric assessmEnt (MERGE):
  • Summary
    • Background and Purpose: Eleven per cent of Ireland's population is currently over the age of 65; this is projected to double to 1.4 million by 2040. Approximately 60% of all Irish cancer cases occur in the over 65 age group. According to Irish Cancer Society and National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) predictions, new cancer cases in Ireland could potentially double by 2040. Despite the body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of geriatric assessment, its adoption in oncology has not been widespread. Traditionally a multidisciplinary approach is required in Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in order to identify problems and develop a care plan appropriate to individual patients. However, it is well recognised that CGA is time consuming and expensive. How geriatric assessment can best be integrated into Oncology remains to be clarified. My research is focussed on integration of geriatric medicine principles in radiation therapy. Outcomes: To evaluate the impact of geriatric assessment on specified treatment oncological outcomes, such as the ability to impact treatment decisions, treatment tolerance and quality of life. Impact: Population ageing will have a profound effect on the healthcare system in Ireland in the coming years. This will be especially evident in Ireland, where there will be a predicted doubling in the proportion of the population over the age of 65. There is now an impetus in all aspects of elderly care, to put the necessary infrastructure in place to promote successful ageing. The provision of state-of-the-art oncology services is one such area.
  • Date From
    • July 2012
  • Date To
    • present

Recognition

Representations

Member of Board and Executive Committee, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) October 2014 to 2017

Chair of the Membership and National Representatives Committee, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) March 2014 to 2017

Member of the Scientific Advisory Group of Young ESTRO members for ESTRO 33. 2013

National Representative, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) January 2013

National Radiation Therapy reviewer on the Radiography Qualifications Review Board February 2012

Awards and Honours

Saint Luke's Prize 2002

TCD Provost Teaching Award 2016-17

Memberships

Member of faculty ESTRO Course Non-melanoma Skin Cancer 2017

Member of Faculty SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology November 2016 – present

Member of teaching faculty on the ESTRO Teaching course on Basic Treatment Planning. March 2012 – October 2013

ESTRO member 2006 – present

Registered member of CORU 2014 – present

IIRRT member 2008 – present

Member of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) July 2012 – present