Dr Megan Best
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Dr Megan Best

C39Z - The Lifehouse
The University of Sydney

Dr Megan Best has a background of clinical experience in Palliative Medicine. She has worked as a researcher with the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) since 2011. Her main research focus has been existential stress at the end of life and how cancer patients cope with healthcare crises.

Psychological, behavioural and ethical issues in genomic screening for cancer: two longitudinal studies.

1. Whole genome screening in probands and blood relatives in cancer risk families.

2. Tumour genomic profiling in patients with advanced cancer.

Clinician views on returning genomic resultsto cancer patients.

Investigating barriers and facilitators to discussing genetic/genomic testing for people receiving palliative care.

Conversation analysis of spirituality conversations in medical consultations.

Project titleResearch student
Uncertainty experienced by patients undertaking cancer genomic testingNicci BARTLEY


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Selected Grants


  • Cancer genomics; Psychosocial, behavioural and ethical issues and outcomes, two inter-related longitudinal studies, Butow P, Newson A, Best M, Meiser B, Juraskova I, Goldstein D, Tucker K, Ballinger M, Gatto D, Schlub T, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants
  • Overcoming psychosocial and ethical issues in cancer genomics: Translating test results into behavioural change, Best M, Cancer Institute NSW/Early Career Fellowship


  • Review and Update of Psychosocial Clinical Practice Guidelines, Butow P, Olver I, Price M, Vardy J, Dhillon H, Thewes B, Best M, Peate M, Cancer Australia/Tender: Systematic reviews to support clinical practice guidelines