Professor Alex Molassiotis RN, MSc, PhD

Photograph of Alex Molassiotis

Professor of Cancer and Supportive Care

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Room 5.310, Jean McFarlane Building
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


Research Lead, Cancer, Supportive & Palliative Care research team.

Head of Academic Cancer Nursing Research Centre, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Management Board, National Cancer Research Institute Supportive & Palliative Care Research Collaborative (with Universities of Manchester, Southampton, Liverpool, Nottingham & Lancaster).

Board Member of: National Cancer Research Institute, Complementary Therapies CSG; Research Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care; Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, antiemetics working group and quality of life working group (co-chair).

Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia.


Research Interests: managing complex symptoms, especially chemotherapy- and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, mucositis, nutritional disturbances (ie. cachexia, anorexia, taste changes), and symptom clusters.

Methodological Knowledge

  • Randomised controlled trials/experimental studies/quasi-experimental studies
  • Systematic reviews
  • Survey designs
  • Quantitative research


  • Continuing Education (Cancer Care, Palliative Care & Bone Marrow Transplant courses)
  • MSc/PhD Research Methods course
  • BNurs Research module
  • Complementary Therapies in Cancer


Alex obtained his BSc in Nursing in 1990 in Greece, an MSc from the University of Hull, UK in 1991 and his PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1996. With a clinical background in cancer care and more specifically in haemato-oncology and bone marrow transplatation, he has worked both clinically and academically in Greece, the UK, US, Malta and Hong Kong. He has worked up every stage of the academic ladder and he is now Professor of Cancer & Supportive Care at the University of Manchester.

Selected publications


  • Brearley SG, Craven O, Saunders M, Swindell R, Molassiotis A. (2010). Clinical features of oral chemotherapy: results of a longitudinal prospective study of breast and colorectal cancer patients receiving capecitabine in the UK. European Journal of Cancer Care, 19, 425-433. eScholarID:92004
  • Molassiotis A, Bryan G, Caress A, Bailey C, Smith J. (2010). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for cough in adults with respiratory and non-respiratory diseases: A systematic review of the literature. Respiratory Medicine, 104(7), 934-944. eScholarID:92183 | DOI:10.1016/j.rmed.2010.02.010
  • Molassiotis A, Smith JA, Bennett MI, Blackhall F, Taylor D, Zavery B, Harle A, Booton R, Rankin EM, Lloyd-Williams M, Morice AH. (2010). Clinical expert guidelines for the management of cough in lung cancer: report of a UK task group on cough. Cough, 6, 9. eScholarID:96366 | DOI:10.1186/1745-9974-6-9
  • Molassiotis A, Wengström Y, Kearney N. (2010). Symptom Cluster Patterns During the First Year After Diagnosis with Cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 39(5), 847-858. eScholarID:92182 | DOI:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.012


  • Brearley SG, Clements C, Molassiotis A. (2008). A Review of Patient Self-report Tools for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting. Supportive Care in Cancer, 16, 1213-1229. eScholarID:67815 | DOI:10.1007/s00520-008-0428-y
  • Molassiotis, A, Saunders, MP, Valle, JW, Wilson, G, Lorigan, P, Wardley, A, Levine, E, Cowan, RR, Loncaster, J, Rittenberg, C. (2008). A prospective observational study of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in routine practice in a UK cancer centre. Support Care Cancer, 16, eScholarID:1d16954 | DOI:10.1007/s00520-007-0343-7


  • Molassiotis A, Helin AM, Dabbour R, Hummerston S. (2007). The effects of P6 acupressure in the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 15, 3-12. eScholarID:1d27644 | DOI:10.1016/j.ctim.2006.07.005


  • Lau J T F, Tsui H Y, Li C K, Chung W Y Rita, Molassiotis A. (2006). Validation of a Chinese version of the Medical Outcomes Study HIV Health Survey (MOS/HIV) among Chinese people living with HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong. Quality of Life Research, 15, 1079-1089. eScholarID:1d27238 | DOI:10.1007/s11136-005-5914-9
  • Molassiotis A, Gibson F, Kelly D, Richardson A, Dabbour R, Ahmad A M-A, Kearney N. (2006). A systematic review of worldwide cancer nursing research: 1994 to 2003. Cancer Nursing Review, 29 (6), 431-440. eScholarID:1d27184
  • Molassiotis A, M Browall, L Milovics, V Panteli, E Patiraki, P Fernandez-Ortega. (2006). Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 16 (Suppl.1), 219-224. eScholarID:1d26957


  • Feyer Petra Ch, Maranzano Ernesto, Molassiotis A, Clark-Snow Rebecca A, Roila Fausto, Warr David, Olver Ian. (2005). Radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (RINV): antiemetic guidelines. Supportive Care in Cancer, 13 (2), 122-128. eScholarID:1d26347
  • Maranzano E, Feyer P, Molassiotis A, Rossi R, Clark-Snow R, Olver I, Warr D, Schiavone C, Roila F. (2005). Evidence-based recommendations for the use of antiemetics in radiotherapy. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 76, eScholarID:1d27046 | DOI:10.1016/j.radonc.2005.07.002
  • Molassiotis, A, Fernandez-Ortega, D, Pud, D, Ozden, G, Scott, JA, Panteli, V, Margulies, A, Browall, M, Magri, M, Selvekerova, S, Madsen, E, Milovics, L, Bruyns, I, Gudmundsdottir, G, Hummerston, S. (2005). Use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients: a European Study. Annals of Oncology, 16, 655-663. eScholarID:1d27045 | DOI:10.1093/annonc/mdi110


  • Molassiotis A, Denise Cubbin. (2004). 'Thinking outside the box': Complementary and alternative therapies use in paediatric oncology patients. European Journal Of Oncology Nursing, 8 (1), 50-60. eScholarID:1d25779
  • Molassiotis A, Xu Min. (2004). Quality and safety issues of web-based information about herbal medicines in the treatment of cancer. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 12 (4), 217-227. eScholarID:1d26350


  • Cheung Yuk Lung, Molassiotis A, Chang Anne M. (2003). The effect of progressive muscle relaxation training on anxiety and quality of life after stoma surgery in colorectal cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology, 12 (3), 254-266. eScholarID:1d25047 | DOI:10.1002/pon.638
  • Molassiotis A, Lopez-Nahas V, Chung WY, Lam SW. (2003). A pilot study of the effects of a behavioural intervention on treatment adherence in HIV-infected patients. Aids Care, 15 (1), 125-135. eScholarID:1d25052


  • Molassiotis A, Chan Carmen WH, Yam Bernard MC, Chan Eunice SJ, Lam Charlotte SW. (2002). Life after cancer: adaptation issues faced by Chinese gynaecological cancer survivors in Hong Kong. Psycho-Oncology, 11 (2), 114-123. eScholarID:1d25048
  • Molassiotis A, Yam BMC, Yung H, Chan FYS, Mok TSK. (2002). Pretreatment factors predicting the development of postchemotherapy nausea and vomiting in Chinese breast cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10 (2), 139-145. eScholarID:1d25051
  • Molassiotis A, Yung Hilary P, Yam Bernard MC, Chan Flora YS, Mok TSK. (2002). The effectiveness of progressive muscle relaxation training in managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in Chinese breast cancer patients: a randomised controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 10 (3), 237-246. eScholarID:1d25050 | DOI:10.1007/s00520-001-0329-9


  • Chan CWH, Molassiotis A, Yam BMC, Chan SJ, Lam CSW. (2001). Travelling through the cancer trajectory: social support perceived by women with gynecological cancer in Hong Kong. Cancer Nursing, 24 (5), 387-394. eScholarID:1d25063
  • Molassiotis A, Callaghan P, Twinn SF, Lam SW. (2001). Correlates of quality of life in symptomatic HIV patients living in Hong Kong. Aids Care, 13 (3), 319-334. eScholarID:1d25058


  • Chan CWH, Molassiotis A. (2000). The impact of fatigue on Chinese cancer patients in Hong Kong. Support Cancer Care, 9 (1), 18-24. eScholarID:1d25055

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