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The Black Box of decision-making in cancer care: new challenges

Guest editors: Gabriella Pravettoni and Soumitra Datta

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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Special Issue articles

Special Issue: On the use of surveys and interviews in social studies of cancer: understanding incoherence

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.918

Special Issue: PTSD symptom clusters associated with short- and long-term adjustment in early diagnosed breast cancer patients

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.917

Special Issue: What do you need to learn in paediatric psycho-oncology?

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.916

Special Issue: Perception of tobacco use in young adults in urban India: a qualitative exploration with relevant health policy analysis

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.915

Special Issue: The role of emotions in cancer patients’ decision-making

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.914

Special Issue: How do clinicians rate patient’s performance status using the ECOG performance scale? A mixed-methods exploration of variability in decision-making in oncology

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.913

Special Issue: The patient perspective: investigating patient empowerment enablers and barriers within the oncological care process

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.912

Special Issue: Ethics of cancer care: beyond biology and medicine

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 28 Mar 2019 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2019.911

Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

Published by

ecancer Global Foundation