Dr Mary Ryan


Clinical Associate Professor
RN OncCert BN PhD


Mary is a clinical nurse consultant in gynaecological cancer nursing, an area she has worked in since 1989. She completed her PhD titled ‘Living with recurrent ovarian cancer: a narrative analysis’ in 2005 (University of Sydney) under the supervision of Professor Jocalyn Lawler.

Mary is currently working full time in clinical practice in the department of gynaecological oncology at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick. Also I am a member of the Cancer Nursing Research Unit, a consortium of Sydney Nursing School. Under the mentorship of Professor Kate White, MAry completed an evidence implementation project to improve the nutritional status of women with gynaecological cancer. The project was made possible through an NHMRC NICS CA-NCGC Fellowship.

Areas of interest

Gynaecological cancer, the experience of cancer and cancer related treatments, managing the effects of cancer and cancer related treatment, illness narrative, evidence implementation, nutrition and applying principles of mindfulness and yogic practices

Current research projects

Mary is currently exploring ways of integrating complementary health and health promotion practices with medically prescribed treatments for women affected by gynaecological cancer

2009 Improving nutritional status and physical conditioning in women affected by gynaecological cancer NHMRC NICS CA-NCGC Fellowship, Project mentor: Professor Kate White, University of Sydney

2008 The impact of multi-modality therapy on nutrition, exercise pattern and quality of life in women with gynaecological cancer (current), Supervised by Professor Kate White, University of Sydney

2007 Experiences, responses and needs of women who are at the ‘end-of-treatment’ phase following a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer, Co-researcher with Mackenzie P, Watts S & Robertson R, Royal Hospital for Women

2005 Doctoral thesis “living with recurrent ovarian cancer: a narrative analysis”, Supervisor: Professor Jocalyn Lawler, University of Sydney

2003 The prevalence of lower limb lymphoedema in women following gynaecological cancer treatment. Principle investigator, mentored by Professor Colleen Stainton; Co-researchers Watts S, Mackenzie P, Mansberg T, Jaconelli C, Royal Hospital for Women

1997 Honours thesis “the experience of women with recurrent ovarian cancer”, Supervisor: Professor Jocalyn Lawler, University of Sydney

Unpublished theses

BN Hons: 1997 Honours thesis “The experience of women with recurrent ovarian cancer”

PhD (Nursing): 2005 Doctoral thesis “Living with recurrent ovarian cancer: a narrative analysis

Recent publications

Books and book chapters

Ryan M & Barlow E (2009) Fertility and Menopause, in Cervical Cancer: A Guide for Nurses, R, Dunleavey, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex.

Ryan M & Mackenzie P (2005) Ovarian cancer, in Gynaecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice, T Lancaster & K Nattress (eds) Ausmed publications, Melbourne.

Journals

Ryan, M., White, K., Roydhouse, J., Fethney J. 2012, A description of the nutritional status and quality of life of Australian gynaecological cancer patients over time, European Journal of Oncology Nursing 16 453-459
Meiser, B., Gleeson, M., Kasparian, N., Barlow-Stewart, K., Ryan, M., Watts, K., Menon, D., Mitchell, G, & Tucker K. 2012, There is no decision to make: experiences and attitudes toward treatment-focused genetic testing among women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Gynecologic Oncology 124 (1)

Ryan, M., Duggan, J. 2010, Intraperitoneal chemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer; background and nursing management, The Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing 11 (1) 11-16.

Ryan M, Stainton MC, Jaconelli C, Watts S, MacKenzie P & Mansberg T (2003) The experience of lower limb lymphoedema for women after treatment for gynecologic cancer, Oncology Nursing Forum 30(3) 417-423.

Ryan M, Stainton MC, Slaytor EK, Jaconelli C, Watts S & Mackenzie P (2003) Aetiology and prevalence of lower limb lymphoedema following treatment for gynaecological cancer, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 43(2) 148-151.

Jones R, Ryan M & Friedlander M (2003) Carboplatin hypersensitivity reactions: re-treatment with cisplatin desensitisation, Gynecologic Oncology 89 112-115.

De Souza P, Friedlander M, Wilde C, Kirsten F & Ryan M (1994) Hypersensitivity reactions to etoposide. A report of three cases and review of the literature, American Journal of Clinical Oncology 17(5) 387-389.

Conference abstracts

Mellon, A., Philp, S., Lancaster, L., Maidens, J., Nattress, K., Ryan, M., Craft, Rosemary., White, K., D’Abrew, N. 2013 Addressing the needs of women with vulval cancer. ANZGOG, Gold Coast QLD Poster presentation
Mizrahi, D., Naumann, F., Broderick, C., Ryan, M., Friedlander, M. 2013 A patient-exercise physiologist derived exercise intervention for women with recurrent ovarian cancer. Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Survivorship Conference. South Australia Poster presentation
Ryan, M. 2011 Revisiting nutrition care in gynaecological oncology nursing: Implementing the evidence. Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 14th Winter Congress. Sydney. Invited Plenary Speaker
Ryan, M., White, K. 2011 The core of our practise: Implementing routine nutritional support for women affected by gynaecological cancer. The 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Poster presentation.
Meiser B, Gleeson M, Kasparian N, Tucker K, Mitchell G, Barlow-Stewart K, Ryan M, Trainer A, Friedlander M. 2011 Attitudes and information needs of women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer regarding treatment-focused genetic testing. The First Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Symposium on Ovarian Cancer. Invited presentation.
Ryan, M., White, K., Knight, C. 2010 The impact of gynaecological cancer and the associated treatment on nutritional status and quality of life over time. 13th Biennial International Gynecologic Cancer Society Meeting (IGCS), Prague, Czech Republic
Ryan, M., White, K., Watts, S., Knowland, E., Duggan J., Mulvaney, G. 2010 The nurses’ role in improving nutritional status in women with gynaecological cancer: an evidence implementation study. 13th Biennial International Gynecologic Cancer Society Meeting (IGCS), Prague, Czech Republic
Ryan M, White K & Knight C 2010 Changing clinical practice to improve management of nutrition in women with gynaecological cancer, MASCC/ISOO 2010 International Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ryan, M., White, K., Knight, C. 2010, The nurses role in assessing nutritional status in women with gynaecological cancer using the PG-SGA: Is this a neglected area? 16th International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Meiser, B., Gleeson, M., Kasparian, N., Barlow-Stewart, K., Ryan, M., Mitchell, G., Trainer, A., Friedlander, M., Tucker, K. Attitudes and information needs of women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer regarding treatment-focused genetic testing. Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia

D’Abrew N, White K, Juraskova I & Ryan M 2009 Optimising sexuality outcomes for women following breast and gynaecological cancer: the partner’s experience. MASCC/ISOO 2009 International Symposium, Rome, Italy

Ryan, M., White, K., Knight, C. 2009, The impact of treatment for gynaecological cancer on women with the disease, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, QLD

Ryan M, White K, Knight C (2009) Assessing nutritional status, exercise pattern and quality of life in women with gynaecological cancer, 12th Winter Congress of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, Newcastle, NSW.

Ryan M (2008) The kaleidoscope effect: living the same life in a different pattern with recurrent ovarian cancer, 15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Singapore

Ryan M, White K (2008) Assessing nutritional status and exercise pattern in women with gynaecological cancer, 15th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Singapore

Ryan M, Mackenzie P, Watts S, Robertson R (2007) End-of-treatment transition following a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer, 28th MOGA Annual Scientific Meeting, 10th Winter Congress of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, Melbourne

Ryan M, (2006) Living on death row: the uncertainty of living with recurrent ovarian cancer, 11th Biennial International Gynecologic Cancer Society Meeting (IGCS), Santa Monica, CA, USA

Ryan M, Stainton MC, Watts S, MacKenzie P, Slaytor EK, Jaconelli C (2004) Lower limb lymphoedema in women following treatment for gynaecological cancer, 13th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Sydney

Ryan ME, Stainton MC, Watts S, MacKenzie P, Jaconelli C, Slaytor EK, Mansberg T (2004) Early recognition and engagement of women at risk of lower limb lymphoedema following treatment for gynaecological cancer, 10th Biennial International Gynecologic Cancer Society Meeting (IGCS), Edinburgh

Ryan M (2004) The experience of women with recurrent ovarian cancer, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra.

Maidens J, Lancaster L, Mackenzie PM, Mellon AM, Nattress K, Ryan ME (2004) The educational needs of nurses caring for women with gynaecological cancer in New South Wales, Australia, 10th Biennial International Gynecologic Cancer Society Meeting (IGCS), Edinburgh

Ryan M (2004) The experience of women with recurrent ovarian cancer, The Royal Hospital for Women Centenary Scientific Conference, Sydney

Ryan M, Stainton MC, Watts S, Mackenzie P, Jaconelli C, Mansberg T (2002) Women at risk for developing lower limb lymphoedema following gynaecological cancer treatment, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, 5th Winter Congress, Canberra

Ryan M, Jaconelli C, Watts S, Mackenzie P, Mansberg T, Stainton C, Slaytor E (2000) The nature of lower limb lymphoedema after gynaecological cancer treatment, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, 27th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide

Ryan M, Mackenzie P, Friedlander M (2000) Carboplatinum hypersensitivity, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, 27th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide


Awards and grants

2009 NHMRC National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS)-Cancer Australia-National Centre for Gynaecological Cancer (CA-NCGC) Fellowship

2009 Nurses and Midwives Board (NMB) category 5 grant: Supporting the supporter: Meeting the needs of male partners. White K, D’Abrew N, & Ryan M ($29,390)

2008 Cancer Institute NSW Clinical Research Grant: The impact of gynaecological cancer and the associated multi-modality treatment on nutritional status and exercise pattern in women. Ryan M & White K ($75,881.56)

2007 Collingwood Fisher Scholarship ($1000 to attend MOGA/CNSA-Melbourne)

1998 Australian Postgraduate Award – (Awarded over 3 years)

1997 Nurses Registration Board – Category 1