Professor Martin Tattersall AO

Medicine, Central Clinical School

D06 - Blackburn Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9660 7362
F: +61 2 9351 4317

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Behavioural sciences; Cancer; Internal medicine; Communication; Evidence-based medicine

International links

Canada. (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto) Collaborative clinical trial of a decision aid for advanced bowel cancer.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Brandes, K., Butow, P., Tattersall, M., Clayton, J., Davidson, P., Young, J., Epstein, R., Walczak, A. (2014), Advanced cancer patients' and caregivers' use of a Question Prompt List. Patient Education and Counseling. 97(1), 30-37. [Abstract]
  • Goldstein, D., Bell, M., Butow, P., Sze, M., Vaccaro, L., Dong, S., Liauw, W., Hui, R., Tattersall, M., Ng, W., Asghari, R., Steer, C., Vardy, J., Parente, P., Harris, M., Karanth, N., King, M., Girgis, A., Eisenbruch, M., Jefford, M. (2014), Immigrants' perceptions of the quality of their cancer care - An Australian comparative study, identifying potentially modifiable factors. Annals of Oncology. 25(8), 1643-1649. [Abstract]
  • McBride, K., Ballinger, M., Killick, E., Kirk, J., Tattersall, M., Eeles, R., Thomas, D., Mitchell, G. (2014), Li-Fraumeni syndrome: cancer risk assessment and clinical management. Nature Reviews. Clinical oncology. 11(5), 260-271. [Abstract]
  • Walczak, A., Butow, P., Clayton, J., Tattersall, M., Davidson, P., Young, J., Epstein, R. (2014), Discussing prognosis and end-of-life care in the final year of life: a randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led communication support programme for patients and caregivers. BMJ Open. 4(6), e005745. [Abstract]


  • Dear, R., McGeechan, K., Jenkins, M., Barratt, A., Tattersall, M., Wilcken, N. (2013), Combination versus sequential single agent chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 12, CD008792. [Abstract]
  • Hillen, M., Butow, P., Tattersall, M., Hruby, G., Boyle, F., Vardy, J., Kallimanis-King, B., de Haes, H., Smets, E. (2013), Validation of the English version of the Trust in Oncologist Scale (TiOS). Patient Education and Counseling. 91(1), 25-28. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., Martin, A., Tattersall, M., Nowak, A., Goldstein, D., Wilcken, N., Wyld, D., Abdi, E., Glasgow, A., Beale, P., Jefford, M., Glare, P., Stockler, M. (2013), The Median Informs the Message: Accuracy of Individualized Scenarios for Survival Time Based on Oncologists' Estimates. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 31(28), 3565-3571. [Abstract]
  • Walczak, A., Butow, P., Davidson, P., Bellemore, F., Tattersall, M., Clayton, J., Young, J., Mazer, B., Ladwig, S., Epstein, R. (2013), Patient perspectives regarding communication about prognosis and end-of-life issues: How can it be optimised?. Patient Education and Counseling. 90(3), 307-314. [Abstract]
  • Hong, A., Millington, S., Ahern, V., McCowage, G., Boyle, R., Tattersall, M., Haydu, L., Stalley, P. (2013), Limb preservation surgery with extracorporeal irradiation in the management of malignant bone tumor: the oncological outcomes of 101 patients. Annals of Oncology. 24(10), 2676-2680. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., McCaughan, G., Christodoulou, S., Beale, P., Grimison, P., Trotman, J., Tattersall, M., Stockler, M. (2013), Using scenarios to explain life expectancy in advanced cancer: attitudes of people with a cancer experience. Supportive Care in Cancer. 21(2), 369-376. [Abstract]
  • Clayton, J., Butow, P., Waters, A., Laidsaar-Powell, R., O'Brien, A., Boyle, F., Back, A., Arnold, R., Tulsky, J., Tattersall, M. (2013), Evaluation of a novel individualised communication-skills training intervention to improve doctors' confidence and skills in end-of-life communication. Palliative Medicine. 27(3), 236-243. [Abstract]
  • Walczak, A., Mazer, B., Butow, P., Tattersall, M., Clayton, J., Davidson, P., Young, J., Ladwig, S., Epstein, R. (2013), A question prompt list for patients with advanced cancer in the final year of life: Development and cross-cultural evaluation. Palliative Medicine. 27(8), 779-788. [Abstract]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Lam, W., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Juraskova, I. (2013), Physician-patient-companion communication and decision-making: a systematic review of triadic medical consultations. Patient Education and Counseling. 91(1), 3-13. [Abstract]
  • Lee, C., Gebski, V., Coates, A., Veillard, A., Harvey, V., Tattersall, M., Byrne, M., Brigham, B., Forbes, J., Simes, R. (2013), Trade-offs in quality of life and survival with chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer: mature results of a randomized trial comparing single-agent mitoxantrone with combination cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil and prednisone. SpringerPlus. 2, 391. [Abstract]
  • Butow, P., Tattersall, M., Clayton, J., Goldstein, D. (2013), Breaking bad news and truth disclosure in Australia. In: New Challenges in Communication with Cancer Patients. (pp.377-388).New York: Springer.


  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., Evans, A., Simes, J., Newsom, J., Kent, D., Crossing, S., Holliday, C., Segelov, E., Hruby, G., Tattersall, M. (2012), Identifying and prioritising gaps in colorectal cancer trials research in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia. 197(9), 507-511. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., Askie, L., Butow, P., McGeechan, K., Crossing, S., Currow, D., Tattersall, M. (2012), Impact of a cancer clinical trials web site on discussions about trial participation: a cluster randomized trial. Annals of Oncology. 23(7), 1912-1918. [Abstract]
  • Clayton, J., Natalia, C., Butow, P., Simpson, J., O'Brien, A., Devine, R., Tattersall, M. (2012), Physician endorsement alone may not enhance question-asking by advanced cancer patients during consultations about palliative care. Supportive Care in Cancer. 20(7), 1457-1464. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., Alam, M., Blinman, P., Tattersall, M., Stockler, M. (2012), Estimating typical, best-case and worst-case life expectancy scenarios for patients starting chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: A systematic review of contemporary randomized trials. Lung Cancer. 77(3), 537-544. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Kelly, P., Wright, G., Stalley, P., McCaughan, B., Tattersall, M. (2012), Pulmonary metastasectomy for bone and soft tissue sarcoma in Australia: 114 patients from 1978 to 2008. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 8(3), 292-302. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., Tattersall, M. (2012), Barriers to recruitment in cancer trials: no longer medical oncologists' attitudes. Medical Journal of Australia. , 112-113. [Abstract]
  • Suttie, C., Hong, A., Stalley, P., Veillard, A., Tattersall, M. (2012), Does Chemotherapy Shorten the Latency Interval of Radiation-induced Sarcomas?. Clinical Oncology. , 77-79. [Abstract]
  • Dimoska, A., Butow, P., Lynch, J., Hovey, E., Agar, M., Beale, P., Tattersall, M. (2012), Implementing patient question-prompt lists into routine cancer care. Patient Education and Counseling. 86(2), 252-258. [Abstract]
  • Venkateswaran, L., Butow, P., Jansen, J., Wilcken, N., Wong, M., Hui, R., Szonyi, G., Gebski, V., Naganathan, V., Horvath, L., Tattersall, M. (2012), Decision making in older patients with advanced cancer: does doctor know best?. Medical Journal of Australia. 196(1), 35-36. [Abstract]


  • Shepherd, H., Barratt, A., Trevena, L., McGeechan, K., Carey, K., Epstein, R., Butow, P., Del Mar, C., Entwistle, V., Tattersall, M. (2011), Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial. Patient education and counseling. 84(3), 379-85. [Abstract]
  • Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2011), Factors which motivate cancer doctors to involve their patients in reaching treatment decisions. Patient education and counseling. 84, 229-35. [Abstract]
  • Brown, R., Shuk, E., Leighl, N., Butow, P., Ostroff, J., Edgerson, S., Tattersall, M. (2011), Enhancing decision making about participation in cancer clinical trials: development of a question prompt list. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 19(0), 1227-38. [Abstract]
  • Brown, R., Shuk, E., Butow, P., Edgerson, S., Tattersall, M., Ostroff, J. (2011), Identifying patient information needs about cancer clinical trials using a Question Prompt List. Patient education and counseling. 84(1), 69-77. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., Stockler, M., Tattersall, M. (2011), Thinking and talking about life expectancy in incurable cancer. Seminars in Oncology. 38(3), 380-385. [Abstract]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Clarke, S., McJannett, M., Beale, P., Wilcken, N., Moore, M., Chen, E., Goldstein, D., Horvath, L., Knox, J., Krzyzanowska, M., Oza, A., Feld, R., Hedley, D., Xu, W., Tattersall, M. (2011), Supporting Treatment Decision Making in Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Trial of a Decision Aid for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer Considering Chemotherapy. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 29(15), 2077-84. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., McGeechan, K., Askie, L., Simes, J., Tattersall, M. (2011), Landscape of cancer clinical trials in Australia: using trial registries to guide future research. Medical Journal of Australia. 194(8), 387-391. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Tattersall, M., McGeechan, K., Vaughan, M. (2011), Factors associated with Australian and New Zealand oncologists' future work preferences. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 7(1), 56-64. [Abstract]
  • Brown, R., Butow, P., Juraskova, I., Ribi, K., Gerber, D., Bernhard, J., Tattersall, M. (2011), Sharing decisions in breast cancer care: Development of the Decision Analysis System for Oncology (DAS-O) to identify shared decision making during treatment consultations. Health Expectations. 14(1), 29-37. [Abstract]
  • Mason, P., Tattersall, M. (2011), Conflicts of interest: a review of institutional policy in Australian medical schools. The Medical Journal of Australia. 194(3), 121-125. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., Soon, Y., Tattersall, M., Stockler, M. (2011), How Long Have I Got? Estimating Typical, Best-Case, and Worst-Case Scenarios for Patients Starting First-Line Chemotherapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review of Recent Randomized Trials. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 29(4), 456-63. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., Askie, L., McGeechan, K., Arora, S., Crossing, S., Currow, D., Tattersall, M. (2011), Adding value to clinical trial registries: insights from Australian Cancer Trials Online, a website for consumers. Clinical Trials. 8(1), 70-76. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Barratt, A., Crossing, S., Butow, P., Hanson, S., Tattersall, M. (2011), Consumer input into research: the Australian Cancer Trials website. Health Research Policy and Systems. 9(1), 30. [Abstract]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M. (2011), Discussion of treatment options in supportive oncology. In: Supportive Oncology. (pp.501-506).United States: Elsevier.
  • McCaffery, K., Smith, S., Shepherd, H., Sze, M., Dhillon, H., Jansen, J., Juraskova, I., Butow, P., Trevena, L., Carey, K., Tattersall, M., Barratt, A. (2011), Shared decision making in Australia in 2011. Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen. 105(4), 234-239. [Abstract]


  • Sekelja, N., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2010), Bereaved cancer carers' experience of and preference for palliative care. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. 18(9), 1219-28. [Abstract]
  • Singh, S., Butow, P., Charles, M., Tattersall, M. (2010), Shared decision making in oncology: assessing oncologist behaviour in consultations in which adjuvant therapy is considered after primary surgical treatment. Health Expectations. 13(3), 244-257. [Abstract]
  • Kiely, B., Tattersall, M., Stockler, M. (2010), Certain Death in Uncertain Time: Informing Hope by Quantifying a Best Case Scenario. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 28(16), 2802-4. [Abstract]
  • Chong, L., Ma, G., Bartier, W., Tattersall, M. (2010), Effects of extracellular purines on cytotoxicity of methotrexate. Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology. 66(1), 121-7. [Abstract]
  • Oh, B., Butow, P., Mullan, B., Clarke, S., Tattersall, M., Boyer, M., Beale, P., Vardy, J., Pavlakis, N., Larke, L. (2010), Patient-doctor communication: use of complementary and alternative medicine by adult patients with cancer. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. 8(2), 56-64. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Tattersall, M. (2010), Role of pulmonary metastasectomy in osteosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Cancer Forum. 34(3), 140-144.
  • Dear, R., Tattersall, M., McGeechan, K., Barratt, A., Wilcken, N. (2010), Combination versus sequential single agent chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 0(10), CD008792.
  • Stalley, P., Tattersall, M. (2010), Bone and soft tissue sarcoma – diagnosis, current management and the future. Cancer Forum. 34(3), 123-124.


  • Blinman, P., Tattersall, M. (2009), A case of uterine tumour resembling ovarian sex cord tumour responding to second-line, single agent anastrazole. Internal Medicine Journal. 39(9), 617-619. [Abstract]
  • Tattersall, M., Dear, R., Jansen, J., Shepherd, H., J Devine, R., G Horvath, L., Boyer, M. (2009), Second opinions in oncology: the experiences of patients attending the Sydney Cancer Centre. Medical Journal of Australia. 191(4), 209-212. [Abstract]
  • Sivaramamoorthy, C., Thientosapol, E., Tattersall, M. (2009), Hand-foot syndrome after treatment with docetaxel. The Medical Journal of Australia. 191(1), 40. [Abstract]
  • Ma, G., Chong, L., Li, Z., Cheung, A., Tattersall, M. (2009), Anticancer activities of sesquiterpene lactones from Cyathocline purpurea in vitro. Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology. 64(0), 143-52. [Abstract]
  • Collins-Tracey, S., Clayton, J., Kirsten, L., Butow, P., Tattersall, M., Chye, R. (2009), Contacting Bereaved Relatives: The Views and Practices of Palliative Care and Oncology Health Care Professionals. Journal of pain and symptom management. 37(0), 807-22. [Abstract]
  • Dear, R., Tattersall, M. (2009), Rediscovering university teaching hospitals for Australia. Medical Journal of Australia. 190(5), 286. [Abstract]
  • Tattersall, M., Dimoska, A., Gan, K. (2009), Patients expect transparency in doctors' relationships with the pharmaceutical industry. The Medical Journal of Australia. 190(2), 65-68. [Abstract]
  • Girgis, A., Cockburn, J., Butow, P., Bowman, D., Schofield, P., Stojanovski, E., D'Este, C., Tattersall, M., Doran, C., Turner, J. (2009), Improving patient emotional functioning and psychological morbidity: Evaluation of a consultation skills training program for oncologists. Patient Education and Counseling. 77(3), 456-462. [Abstract]
  • Greaves, J., Glare, P., Kristjanson, L., Stockler, M., Tattersall, M. (2009), Undertreatment of nausea and other symptoms in hospitalized cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer. 17(4), 461-464. [Abstract]
  • Clayton, J., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2009), Telling the truth: bad news. In: Palliative Medicine. (pp.620-624).United States: Saunders.