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Psychosocial Oncology Program

The activities and success of the program are aimed at interventions which improve the patient experience, support patients and their families through their journey and enhance quality of life.

What’s psychosocial oncology?

Psychosocial oncology focuses on a whole-person approach to cancer care, addressing the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and functional aspects of the patient journey through a multidisciplinary team and service providers from various care settings.

The disciplines include: oncology, nursing, social work, nutrition, psychology, palliative care, psychiatry, rehabilitation, volunteer services, and spiritual care.

Cancer places a heavy emotional toll on patients and their families; psychosocial oncology is an essential service to improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer.

Current Initiatives

  • Implementing of the Psychosocial Oncology standard of care: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
  • Implementing of the Symptom Management Guides to Practice and The sixth vital sign: Screening for Distress.
  • Enhancing partnership between Psychosocial Oncology and the Palliative Care Program, Ontario Cancer Symptom Management Collaborative and Disease Pathway Management.
  • Monthly Provincial Psychosocial Oncology Rounds

Future initiatives for the Psychosocial Oncology Program

  • Strategies for Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Profiling Patient Experience measures to drive performance

Past initiatives

  • Partnering in the development of the two evidence-based resources:
    • Provider-Patient Communication: A Report of Evidence-Based Recommendations to Guide Practice in Cancer,
    • Advanced Care Planning with Cancer Patients: Guideline Recommendations
  • Adapting the Institute of Medicine’s guidline Psychosocial Oncology standard of care: Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs


Last modified: Mon, Jan 20, 2014
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