Dr Michelle Maxine King-Okoye


Biography

I am interested in the cancer experiences of patients and their families. However, my PhD focuses specifically on the prostate cancer experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) men and their partners, with a foci on ethnicity and culture and how these impinge on the diagnosis and treatment for these men. The experiences of prostate cancer among African Caribbean men and their partners are severely under-researched and I intend to represent the BME populations within the Caribbean and the United Kingdom by conducting research in these areas. These findings will contribute significantly to the medical sociology literature and direct specific public health messages that will motivate men to seek help earlier for prostate cancer. This is turn will reduce prostate cancer mortlaity rates, decrease treatment costs and improve the quality of life for these men.

Research

Research interests

Research projects

My publications

Publications

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2017). Routes to diagnosis for PCa: men’s cultural beliefs about how changes to their bodies and symptoms influence help-seeking actions. A narrative review of the literature. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 30, 48-58

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2017). ‘Wanting to Connect: Men and Their Partners Experiences of prostate cancer in TT’, in International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2017 [Los Angeles, USA], Abstract Book: Oral Sessions, Cancer Nursing, 40 (6S), pE1-E74

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2016). ‘Men's journey through diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer in Trinidad and Tobago’, in 18th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress 2016 [Dublin, Ireland], Abstract Book: Psycho-Oncology, 25 (S3), pE169-E170

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2018). ‘Men and partners’ experiences of prostate cancer along routes to diagnosis in Trinidad and Tobago’, in BSA 50th Anniversary Medical Sociology Conference, 2018 [Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom], Abstract Book: British Sociology Association, pE36

 

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2017). ‘Barriers to timely presentation and diagnosis for prostate cancer: Afro-Caribbean men in Trinidad and Tobago’. Poster presented at: Early Diagnosis Research Conference, 2017 [Cancer Research UK, London, United Kingdom]

 

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2017). ‘The role of women in breaking the silence among men with symptoms of prostate cancer in Trinidad and Tobago’. Poster presented at: British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, 2017 [University of Oxford, United Kingdom]

 

King-Okoye, M., Arber, A., Faithfull, S. (2016). ‘How Tobago men and their partners detect and interpret prostate bodily changes’. Poster presented at: University of Surrey Doctoral Conference, 2016 [Guildford, United Kingdom]