The department provides standard and quality psycho-social care to the cancer patients and integrates psycho-social services as part of the cancer care at the Institute.
Two & half decades ago, seven likeminded philanthropists started a psychosocial service to cancer patients at the Cancer Institute through the support group ‘SANCTUARY’. Later, in 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India supported the Cancer Institute (WIA) in establishing the Tobacco Cessation Center (TCC), which offers psychological therapies for tobacco de-addiction by trained psychologists. Likewise, in 2002, with the WHO’s initiative, a palliative care clinic was created at the Cancer Institute (WIA) where a psychologist started offering therapy to ease the suffering and enhance the quality of life (QOL) of patients at an advanced stage of the disease along with the medical team. In recent years, more scientific research in the field of psycho-oncology has been initiated at the Cancer Institute along with other clinical departments. Moreover, educational and training activities were also started.
Studies on the coping preferences of head & neck cancer patients and the standardization of a QOL Questionnaire and Psychological intervention to improve Quality of Life of Head & Neck cancer patients have been carried out. In 2003 the assessment of the neuro-cognitive sequelae of children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was started. Currently the department offers Ph.D., & M. Phil. courses in Psycho-oncology. The department provides psycho-social support to the cancer patients at the institute and organizes support group meetings through which group counseling is offered for different sets of patients. The department also undertakes many initiatives for the primary prevention of cancer among the youth and public. Currently, a full-fledged Psycho-oncology department functions at the institute with the following objectives:
Education & Training
The Department offers:
M.Phil in Psycho-oncology
The minimum educational requirement for admission to this course will be an M.A. / M. Sc. degree in Psychology from a university recognized by the UGC with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate. For SC/ST category, minimum of 50% marks in aggregate is essential, as per GOI.
This is a full time clinical training course providing opportunities for appropriate practicum and apprenticeship experiences for one academic year.
|Dr.V. Surendran||Asst. Professor|
|Mr. Divyaraj Prabakar||Psychologist|
Counseling and comprehensive psychological intervention is given to cancer patients before and after treatment. In addition, many students from different colleges with backgrounds in psychology or social work visit the cancer institute on a regular basis to do their internship as part of their curriculum. These interns are given a wide clinical exposure in the field of psycho-oncology.
In addition to this, there are four support groups conducts meetings regularly at the Cancer Institute, namely:
‘SMILE’ for children with cancer and their families,
‘Sakhi’ for breast cancer patients,
Laryngectomees Welfare Association for the larynx cancer patients.
Tobacco Free Association for the nicotine addicts.
Group counseling and psycho-educational programs are the part of the support group meetings. These meetings are conducted in a monthly basis.
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