Professor Martin Tattersall AO

Medicine, Central Clinical School

D06 - Blackburn Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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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 | 2008


  • 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.


  • Jansen, J., Butow, P., van Weert, J., van Dulmen, S., Devine, R., Heeren, T., Bensing, J., Tattersall, M. (2008), Does Age Really Matter? Recall of Information Presented to Newly Referred Patients With Cancer. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 26(33), 5450-7. [Abstract]
  • Dimoska, A., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Shepherd, H., Kinnersley, P. (2008), Can a "prompt list" empower cancer patients to ask relevant questions?. Cancer. 113(2), 225-37. [Abstract]
  • Clayton, J., Hancock, K., Parker, S., Butow, P., Walder, S., Carrick, S., Currow, D., Ghersi, D., Glare, P., Hagerty, R., Olver, I., Tattersall, M. (2008), Sustaining hope when communicating with terminally ill patients and their families: a systematic review. Psycho-oncology. 17(0), 641-59. [Abstract]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, F., Zawisza, D., Burkes, R., Feld, R., Waldron, J., Sun, A., Payne, D., Bezjak, A., Tattersall, M. (2008), Enhancing treatment decision-making: pilot study of a treatment decision aid in stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. British journal of cancer. 98(11), 1769-1773. [Abstract]
  • Dimoska, A., Butow, P., Dent, E., Arnold, B., Brown, R., Tattersall, M. (2008), An examination of the initial cancer consultation of medical and radiation oncologists using the Cancode interaction analysis system. British Journal of Cancer. 98(9), 1508-1514. [Abstract]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2008), Physician-identified factors affecting patient participation in reaching treatment decisions. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 26(10), 1724-1731. [Abstract]
  • Chiew, K., Shepherd, H., Vardy, J., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Leighl, N. (2008), Development and evaluation of a decision aid for patients considering first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Health expectations. 11(1), 35-45. [Abstract]
  • Butow, P., Cockburn, J., Girgis, A., Bowman, D., Schofield, P., D'Este, C., Stojanovski, E., Tattersall, M. (2008), Increasing oncologists' skills in eliciting and responding to emotional cues: evaluation of a communication skills training program. Psycho-oncology. 17(0), 209-18. [Abstract]
  • Butow, P., Hagerty, R., Tattersall, M., Stockler, M. (2008), Foretelling: Communicating the prognosis. In: Prognosis in Advanced Cancer. (pp.33-53).United States: Oxford University Press.
  • Dimoska, A., Girgis, A., Hansen, V., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2008), Perceived difficulties in consulting with patients and families: a survey of Australian cancer specialists. The Medical Journal of Australia. 189(11-12), 612-615. [Abstract]