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Psycho-oncology (aka psychosocial oncology) refers to the psychological aspects of cancer care. For healthcare professionals this essentially means finding the best ways to detect, measure and treat psychological distress.
For patients and families this usually means accessing the most appropriate forms of help for emotional disorders. This site was designed to offer some useful resources that we have developed locally in Leicester (UK).
Please be aware we cannot offer individual clinical advice via the website. Trouble viewing this page? Try mozilla firefox or google chrome
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The 15th World Congress of Psycho-oncology was held in Rotterdam and was a tremendous success. Here are some slides.
Free Video Podcasts [New!]
Clinical Utility Index [Hot!]
We have just launched an interactive online website to help anyone wanting to work out & interpret diagnostic tests for accuracy and clinical utility.
Educational Podcasts [revised!]
A collection of more than 40 audio and video Podcasts on psycho-oncology topics collected from worldwide sources....most free of charge.
A short list of courses in psycho-oncology available, worldwide.
Our team has two papers in the Top10 most accessed and Top10 most downloaded articles in Wiley's journal "Psycho-oncology" for 2011. As a reward Wiley are made them both available free! They are "Screening for distress and depression in cancer settings: 10 lessons from 40 years of primary-care research" and "Desire for psychological support in cancer patients with depression or distress: validation of a simple help question"
We have been invited to participate in this special issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology just released as an early view here. All articles are currently freely available including our paper "Screening for Distress and Unmet Needs in Patients With Cancer: Review and Recommendations" written with the invaluable input of Linda Carlson and Amy Waller. Be sure to look at the extensive data supplement we prepared for this piece.
Emotion Thermometer [Updated]
This section describes our newly developed refinement and enhancement to the well known "Distress Thermometer" designed for self-completion with or without health professionals.
The ET has been validated in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological settings.
[New] > > Oct 2012 sees the launch of an Italian translation of the ET; thanks to Chiara Acquati, at University of Louisville
[New] > > June 2012 sees the launch of a new modular set of ET tools, including a Hindi translation thanks to Priya Khanna and Abhijit Dam
[New] > > June 2012 sees the launch of the stand alone Depression thermometer (DepT) here
A brief section of resources for those interested in our local service in Leicester (eg referral forms). Includes new information on our network screening programme (link) and our chemotherapy screening programme (link)
This is an experimental blog for misc non-medical issues. Hopefully this will allow replies and simple updates.
Blog about latest research updates, workshops and in press papers here
=> Oct Blog Which symptoms are indicative of depression in epilepsy?
=> Sept Blog Confirmatory bias, can we all suffer from a loss of objectivity?
=> Aug Blog How Many Cancer Patients Want Psychosocial Help? - Meta-analysis
=> July Blog Real World Errors When Clinicians Try to Spot Alcohol Problems
Self-Help and Patient Narratives [revised!]
We have a new series of free self-help links for anxiety and depression.
We also list a comprehensive directory of therapeutic patient narratives specifically for cancer courtesy of www.healthtalkonline.org.
We are busy designing a new website for patients detailing their cancer experience.
As a thank you for making us Top 5 in Google psycho-oncology searches, here are several free useful Powerpoint slide links:
(links are or have been publically listed online for free, but may be temporarily held here to ensure fast download)
A back collection of our presentations (powerpoint/pdf=>flash converted) on recent topics of interest.
Free PDF Searches and highlights [Updated Mar12]
Our selected highlights of world psycho-oncology literature presented in free full text PDF.
Interested in validated tools? Download a spreadsheet of scales that have been validated in cancer settings [New]
A list of resources for patients struggling with cancer as well as new metabolic/weight resources for those with mental health complaints in general
A summary of recent local educational conferences and summary of national conferences. We also have an index of previous IPOS conference abstracts here [New]
A collection of evidence supporting the case for psycho-oncology services nationally and internationally. Download a large spreadsheet of all psychosocial trials 1979-2005 (from Moyer et al 2009) [New]
A summary of most UK based evidence based medicine guidelines relevant to mental health
Literature Searches [Updated]
A convenient way to keep up-to-date with the world psycho-oncology literature....use our searches & let us do the hard work!
We have a survey on screening for distress in cancer settings. This is your chance to give you opinion (positive or negative) on the merits of screening for distress in cancer settings. Thanks to those 25+ individuals who have already responded! Results will be immediately shown to anyone who completes the survey and results posted when we reach 100 responses.
10 questions about this site and online psycho-oncology resources in general....thanks for your feedback so far
Last update Mar 2014
Disclaimer: We maintain this website in our own time and are hosted independently from our employers.
We cannot offer clinical advice on this site. Local Leicestershire patients should contact us through their GP or related healthcare professional.
www.psycho-oncology.info - Psycho-oncology (UK) Information & Help (c) 2013 Alex J Mitchell