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UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health

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Minjoung (Monica) Koo

I am a postdoctoral Research Associate in ECHO group, having recently completed my PhD titled "The presenting symptoms of cancer patients and associations with diagnostic timeliness" in 2018. 

More about my PhD:

I used data from a national cancer audit in primary care to assess the relative frequency of presenting symptoms in cancer patients and their associations with intervals before diagnosis; the findings have implications for the design and delivery of public health interventions and healthcare policies that promote the earlier diagnosis of cancer. 

My PhD was funded by the Dept of Health’s Policy Research Unit and I was supervised by Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos (ECHO group, BSH), Dr Christian von Wagner (Cancer Communication & Screening group, BSH), and Dr Gary Abel (Exeter university).

Email

monica.koo.14[at]ucl.ac.uk

Twitter

@mmkoo12

Qualifications

2015-18: PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

2012-13: Masters in Public Health MPH, Imperial College London

2009-12: Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons), Imperial College London

Publications

Koo, M. M., Hamilton, W., Walter, F. M., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2018). Symptom Signatures and Diagnostic Timeliness in Cancer Patients: A Review of Current Evidence. Neoplasia (United States), 20 (2), 165-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neo.2017.11.005

Koo, M. M., von Wagner, C., Abel, G. A., McPhail, S., Hamilton, W., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2018). The nature and frequency of abdominal symptoms in cancer patients and their associations with time to help-seeking: evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis. Journal of public health (Oxford, England). https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx188

Koo, M. M., von Wagner, C., Abel, G. A., McPhail, S., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2017). Typical and atypical presenting symptoms of breast cancer and their associations with diagnostic intervals: Evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis. Cancer Epidemiology, 48, 140-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2017.04.010

Koo, M. M., Zhou, Y., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2015). Delays in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer: Lessons from US healthcare settings. Cancer Epidemiology, 39 (6), 1145-1147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2015.08.008