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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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Educational Podcast: "Screening for Distress in Cancer"
Free Paper on Compliance and Non-attendance [Free]
We have two papers in the top50 papers in Adv Psychiatric Treatment. They seem to be free to view. Why don't patients take their medicine? Why don't patients attend their appointments?
15th World Congress of Psycho-oncology
We have a new paper in Acta Oncologica on Screening for cancer-related distress: When is implementation successful and when is it unsuccessful? Email if link dead
Medication Prescribing Inequalities in Mental Health
We have a new paper in Br J Psychiatry on medication prescribing inequalities. This is featured on BBC news website here
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.
The website is www.clinicalutility.co.uk You can use the main calculator here: excel xls or see a (basic) google docs version here.
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.
We are in the Top10 Most Downloaded & Cited [Free]
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"
JCO Special issue: Caring for the Whole Patient: The Science of Psychosocial Care [Free]
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.
Metabolic Side Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics
In support of BBC R4's "all in the mind" re metabolic monitoring for those taking antipsychotics drugs, see our patient resources here and slideshow here or mirror here (google docs)
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)
=>We have a new flyer to explain who we are, aimed at new patients. Local staff can download the new East Midland Distress Thermometer screen (extract)
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
NHS (and Misc Difficult to File)
Top100 papers in psychiatry here and Organizational chart of NHS staffing here. 10 year total research output of LPT here
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.
Also there is an online self-assessment for depression and anxiety that may be useful.
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.
Now augmented with pre-searched items in the following categories: distress | depression | screening | delirium | communication | suicide | fatigue | survivorship [more soon]
See also excellent free issues of Acta Oncologica, Psycho-oncology and JCO (Apr 2012) on psychosocial oncology
Here we list generic tools and some of the tools adapted for cancer care such as the Hospital Depression and Anxiety Scale (simplified) and the Illness Perception Questionnaire, copyright permitting.
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
Join free discussions on psycho-oncology aimed at health professionals via facebook (no subscription needed) or at www.jiscmail.ac.uk/psycho-oncology (subscription required for email access)
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
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We cannot offer clinical advice on this site. Local Leicestershire patients should contact us through their GP or related healthcare professional.
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