Laura Mullaney

Laura Mullaney
Trinity College Dublin | TCD · Discipline of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine

MSc in Research; PG Dip in Education; BSc in Radiation Therapy

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November 2011 - present
Trinity College Dublin
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (42)
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Purpose The COVID-19 pandemic had a substantial effect on mental health and work productivity of early-career researchers working in Radiation Oncology (RO). However, the underlying mechanisms of these effects are unclear. The aim of the current qualitative study was therefore to achieve a better understanding of how these effects arose and could b...
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Background and purpose Cancer care can be taxing. Alexithymia, a personality construct characterized by difficulties in identifying and describing feeling and emotions, an externally-oriented thinking style and scarcity of imagination and fantasy, is significantly correlated with higher levels of both secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout an...
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Background and purpose: Physical and mental well-being are crucial for oncology professionals as they affect performance at work. Personality traits, as alexithymia and empathy, may influence professional quality of life. Alexithymia involves diminished skills in emotion processing and awareness. Empathy is pertinent to the ability to understand a...
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Background and purpose: The professional quality of life of radiation oncology professionals can be influenced by different contributing factors, including personality traits. Alexithymia involves deficits in emotion processing and awareness. Empathy is the ability to understand another's 'state of mind/emotion'. We investigated professional quali...
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Background and Purpose Different factors may influence the professional quality of life of oncology professionals. Among them, personality traits, as alexithymia and empathy, are underinvestigated. Alexithymia is about deficits in emotion processing and awareness. Empathy is the ability to understand another’s ‘state of mind’/emotion. The PROject o...
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Introduction: While Computerised Tomography (CT) remains the gold standard in radiation therapy (RT) planning, inferior soft tissue definition remains a challenge. Intravenous contrast (IVC) use during CT planning can enhance soft tissue contrast optimising Target Volume (TV) and Organ at Risk visualisation and delineation. Despite this known bene...
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Background Accuracy and reproducibility of the patient’s position is crucial for successful delivery of radiotherapy (RT). Data on palliative patients’ set-up uncertainties are sparse. The aim of this study was to calculate set-up errors observed for palliative patients positioned using one skin mark (Group 1) versus three skin marks (Group 2) and...
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Aim: The aim of this research is to establish if variation exists in the dose delivered for head and neck (HN) localisation computed tomography (CT) imaging in radiation therapy (RT); to propose a national diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for this procedure and to make a comparison between the national DRL and a DRL of a European sample. Backgr...
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Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate if a handheld ultrasound device (BladderScan® BVI 6100) can accurately measure bladder volumes in prostate radiation therapy (RT) patients. Methods: A comparison was made of contoured bladder volumes based on treatment planning Computed Tomography (TPCT) and BladderScan® BVI 6100 ultrasound devi...
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Introduction Radiotherapy education can be very different across Europe, despite the publication of the ESTRO core curricula in 2011. The purpose of the current study is to map the different RO European education systems, to report their perceived quality and to understand what could be improved to better teach RO. Methods An online survey consist...
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Background Imaging protocols are implemented to identify and minimise set-up errors. A crucial component to the success of these protocols is staff compliance. Materials and methods This is case report describing a retrospective review of radiation therapists’ compliance to a palliative imaging protocol in a single large institution in one calenda...
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Background: The use of prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) to treat brain metastases (BM) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is restricted due to the potential associated toxicity and lack of survival benefit. BM can have a negative impact on neurocognitive function (NF) and quality of life (QOL). The aim of this review was to assess the imp...
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Introduction Variation exists between event reporting-and-learning systems utilised in radiation therapy. Due to the impact of errors associated with this field of medicine, evidence-based and rigorous systems are imperative. The implementation of such systems facilitates the reactive enhancement of patient safety following an event. The purpose of...
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Background: Craniospinal irradiation (CSI) is the standard radiation therapy treatment for medulloblastoma. Conventional CSI photon therapy (Photon-CSI) delivers significant dose to surrounding normal tissue (NT). Research into pediatric CSI with proton therapy (Proton-CSI) has increased, with the aim of exploiting the potential to reduce NT dose...
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Objective: To establish whether CT dose variation occurs in breast cancer localization procedures between radiation therapy (RT) centres in Ireland and to propose diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for this procedure. Methods: All RT centres in Ireland were invited to participate in a dose audit survey, providing data on the CT dose index volume...
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Purpose To recommend a specific headrest, customized or standard, for head and neck radiotherapy patients in our institution based primarily on an evaluation of set-up accuracy, taking into account a comparison of patient comfort, staff and patient satisfaction, and resource implications. Methods and materials Between 2008 and 2009, 40 head and ne...
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Purpose Organ motion is a contributory factor to the variation in location of the prostate and organs at risk during a course of fractionated prostate radiation therapy (RT). A prospective randomized controlled trial was designed with the primary endpoint to provide evidence-based bladder-filling instructions to achieve a consistent bladder volume...
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In 2007 ESTRO proposed a revision and harmonisation of the core curricula for radiation oncologists, medical physicists and RTTs to encourage harmonised education programmes for the professional disciplines, to facilitate mobility between EU member states, to reflect the rapid development of the professions and to secure the best evidence-based edu...

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