ecancermedicalscience is an open access cancer journal focused on under-resourced communities. In order to help reduce global inequalities in cancer care and treatment, we provide free access to all articles from the point of publication and we only charge authors who have specific funding to cover publication costs.
The journal considers articles on all aspects of research relating to cancer, including molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical reports, controlled trials (in particular if they are independent or publicly funded trials), health systems, cancer policy and regulatory aspects of cancer care.
This special issue tackles the complex topic of psycho-oncology - the psychological, behavioural, ethical and social aspects of cancer. It is aimed at updating healthcare providers on some of the key considerations of psycho-oncology, ranging from supporting patient emotions to designing surveys. The articles also touch on specialist topics, such as the specific psychological needs of children with cancer, and the role of psychology in the health policies surrounding tobacco.
The issue highlights the fact that individual values, preferences, needs and beliefs affect patients’ decision making. Similarly, clinicians are dependent on their individual judgement and decision making, particularly in situations where it is not easy to decide either due to high stakes, limited evidence base or limited resources in a low- and middle-income country.
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Watch Guest Editor Soumitra Datta discuss the various articles in the special issue.