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Psychosocial Oncology Evidence-Based Series (EBS)

The Psychosocial Oncology Evidence-based Series is produced by Expert Panels and Working Groups convened by Cancer Care Ontario. These groups work with the PEBC to gather and examine evidence on specific topics relevant to health care personnel and groups responsible for the care of people affected by cancer. The reports produced by these panels are available below.  

The PEBC has a formal and standardized process to ensure the currency of each document (please see the PEBC Assessment & Review Protocol for more information). This process guides clinical experts to assess a document’s current status and relevance. A final status statement is added to the document when this review process is complete. The current status of each guidance document is noted beside the title and link as outlined below:

  • Documents listed as CURRENT are 3 years old or less, up-to-date, and can be used for decision making.
  • Documents listed as IN REVIEW are undergoing assessment for currency and relevance.  The DSG/GDG has determined that it is still appropriate for this document to continue to be available while this updating process unfolds.
  • Documents that are listed as “FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES” are documents for which no further updates are planned and whose recommendations may no longer be consistent with recent evidence.  They may be of educational, historical, clinical, or system interest.

If you have any questions regarding a document that is “In Review,” please contact the PEBC ( ) or the lead author of the document.

  • Interventions to Address Sexual Problems in People with Cancer
    Guideline 19-6: April 2016
    Status: CURRENT
    A systematic review manuscript based on this Guideline has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The full Guideline will be posted here once the publication process is completed.
  • Exercise for People with Cancer
    Guideline 19-5: June 2015
    Status: CURRENT
  • Follow-up Care and Psychosocial Needs of Survivors of Prostate Cancer
    Guideline 26-4: June 2015
    Status: CURRENT
  • The Management of Depression in Patients with Cancer
    Guideline 19-4: May 2015
    Status: CURRENT

For Education and Information Purposes 

  • Psychosocial Health Care for Cancer Patients and Their Families
  • Advance Care Planning with Cancer Patients
    19-1 EBS
    The original guideline is available upon request at
  • Provider-Patient Communication


Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC)
McMaster University, Juravinski Site
G Wing, 2nd Floor
711 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8V 1C3

Phone: 905.527.4322 ext. 42822
Fax: 905.526.6775

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