Professor Sandie McCarthy

BNsg, MNsg, PhD, Credentialled Cancer Nurse (Australia), Dual Registered Nurse (Australia and New Zealand)


Alexandra (who prefers to be called Sandie) relocated to Auckland in April 2017. Prior to that she was joint Clinical Chair of Cancer Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane) and the Queensland University of Technology. She has practised extensively in acute cancer care, including chemotherapy administration, in rural and metropolitan settings. Her PhD investigated sociocultural issues related to breast cancer and while she mostly now undertakes intervention research, she maintains an interest in the sociological as well as clinical aspects of cancer care. Sandie’s current funded research has two streams. The first stream focuses upon issues related to the long term outcomes of cancer treatments, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The second stream concentrates on collaborative interventions to assess and manage the toxicities of acute cancer treatments. Her current program has particular focus on the older cancer patient and women with breast cancer. 

Research | Current

Sandie's research program focuses on the prevention, assessment and management of the short and long-term toxicities of cancer therapy, particularly chemotherapy. She has a particular interest in women's wellness during and after breast cancer therapy and is currently Co-Director of the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program based in the Menzies Institute of Health, Queensland. Her other research field interest is geriatric oncology. In both fields she investigates a range of multimodal interventions (diet, exercise, sleep and stress management) to enhance cancer patient outcomes.

Teaching | Current

Sandie lectures in all content areas related to cancer care.

Postgraduate supervision

Sandie supervises students from nursing, medicine, dietetics and exercise science with a focus on cancer patient outcomes.


Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award, QUT, 2013

Credentialled Cancer Nurse, 2016


Head, School of Nursing, University of Auckland

Areas of expertise

Cancer, breast cancer, physical activity during and after cancer, geriatric oncology.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Editor, European Journal of Oncology Nursing

Executive Committee Member, Exercise Oncology Group, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Heywood, R., McCarthy, A. L., & Skinner, T. L. (2018). Efficacy of Exercise Interventions in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 99 (12), 2595-2620. 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.04.008
  • McCarthy, A. L., Peel, N. M., Gillespie, K. M., Berry, R., Walpole, E., Yates, P., & Hubbard, R. E. (2018). Validation of a frailty index in older cancer patients with solid tumours. BMC cancer, 18 (1)10.1186/s12885-018-4807-6
  • Cormie, P., Adams, D., Atkinson, M., Bucci, L., Cust, A. E., Eakin, E., ... Hayes, S. C. (2018). Exercise as part of routine cancer care. The Lancet Oncology, 19 (9)10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30598-9
  • Seib, C., Porter-Steele, J., Ng, S.-K., Turner, J., McGuire, A., McDonald, N., ... Anderson, D. (2018). Life stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression in women after cancer: The mediating effect of stress appraisal and coping. Psycho-oncology, 27 (7), 1787-1794. 10.1002/pon.4728
  • Franzon, J., Berry, N. M., Ullah, S., Versace, V. L., McCarthy, A. L., Atherton, J., ... Clark, R. A. (2018). Heart failure following blood cancer therapy in pediatric and adult populations.. Asia-Pacific journal of clinical oncology. 10.1111/ajco.12782
  • Cook, P. S., & McCarthy, A. L. (2018). Cancer treatment decision-making with/ for older adults with dementia: the intersections of autonomy, capital, and power. Health Sociology Review, 27 (2), 184-198. 10.1080/14461242.2018.1466187
  • Thamm, C., Teleni, L., Chan, R. J., Stone, L., & Mccarthy, A. L. (2018). Nurse-led interventions for cancer patients in emergency departments: Systematic review. Collegian10.1016/j.colegn.2018.08.005
  • Marx, W., Mccarthy, A., Marshall, S., Crichton, M., Molassiotis, A., Ried, K., ... Isenring, E. (2018). Supplemental prophylactic intervention for chemotherapy-induced nausea and emesis (SPICE) trial: Protocol for a multicentre double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial. Nutrition and Dietetics10.1111/1747-0080.12446

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 243C
New Zealand