Psycho-Oncology

Research Questions

Patients with cancer as well as their families are exposed to manifold emotional strains during the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. About one third of all cancer patients develop a stress related disease such as adjustment disorder, depression, or anxiety disorder in the process. The projects of this research group consider the development of screening instruments which will be able to assess psychological stress in various forms of cancer during treatment. Projects also consider constructive treatment pathways (ePOS, ID Step) and the development and evaluation of psychosocial oncology treatment services.

Current Projects

ePOS - electronic psycho-oncological screening
Stress measurement in cancer patients for a diagnosis concerning further psycho-oncological treatment services
• ID-Step
Detection of psycho-oncological treatment needs and progress measurements in patients with hemato-oncological diseases receiving a stem cell transplant
• EVA WANTS
Evaluation of Wants And Needs for Treatment and Support in women with cancer
• ACCEPT
Psycho-oncological consultation and treatment in the context of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC): Multicenter study to assess the psycho-oncological needs, provide a diagnosis and determine future use of consultation and treatment
• HaND
Psycho-oncological distress in patients with head / neck cancer.
• Attach
Attachment behavior and its influence on psycho-oncological treatment needs
• IN-CASE
Influence of BRCA on Perceived Control And Self-Efficacy

Prospects

Stress assessment in the course of somatic treatment
• Dosing of psycho-oncological advice
• Group and Internet therapy for oncological patients
• Presentation of psycho-oncological needs associated with distress, quality of life, and emotional strain

Research Group Leader

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Teufel

Publications

Schaeffeler N, Pfeiffer K, Ringwald J et al. Assessing the need for psychooncological support: screening instruments in combination with patients' subjective evaluation may define psychooncological pathways. Psycho-Oncol 2015; 24: 1784-1791

Schaeffeler N, Pfeiffer K, Ringwald J et al. Assessing the need for psychooncological support: screening instruments in combination with patients' subjective evaluation may define psychooncological pathways. Psycho-Oncol 2015; 24: 1784-1791