Psychosocial Oncology

A section of Current Oncology (ISSN 1718-7729).

Section Information

Psychosocial Oncology is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of physical, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of the cancer experience for both patients and caregivers. Researchers and practitioners in the field are concerned with aspects of individuals’ experience with cancer beyond medical treatment, and across the cancer trajectory, including at diagnosis, during treatment, transitioning to and throughout survivorship, and approaching the end-of-life. Psycho-oncology deals with psychological reactions to the experience of cancer, the behavioral component of coping with cancer, as well as health behavior change, including preventative medicine, and social factors that are associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The aim of this section is to publish findings that relate to psychosocial oncology, across the cancer trajectory (prevention through end-of-life and bereavement) and across the lifespan (infants through to older adults). Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Psychosocial assessment and/or screening;
  • Psychosocial distress (e.g., anxiety, depression, fear of cancer recurrence);
  • Symptom burden (e.g., sleep, fatigue, pain);
  • Health behaviors for the prevention or management of cancer;
  • Integrative oncology;
  • Psychosocial Interventions in cancer care;
  • Program development/evaluation and health services research and policy;
  • Impact on the family and/or caregivers;
  • Education.

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