Psychological Aspects of Cancer

Group leader: Pernille Envold Bidstrup

The Psychological Aspects of Cancer research group wishes to improve the quality of life and reduce symptom burden for cancer patients and their families.

Twenty years ago, the psychosocial needs of cancer patients were completely unrecognized. We aim to draw attention to the unrecognized needs of cancer patients, families and informal caregivers of cancer patients, with the perspective that e.g. support for patients and caregivers will be an inherent part of the cancer trajectory.

The first step is to document the needs of vulnerable patients and relatives who if left unattended may suffer long-term social and psychological consequences. The second step is to develop supportive care interventions targeting both physical and psychosocial symptoms in cancer patients and their families paying strong attention to move the supportive care into an area of strong methodological rigor with manualized theory based interventions tested in randomized controlled design.

Pernille Envold Bidstrup

Pernille Envold Bidstrup

Pernille Envold Bidstrup is a psychologist, senior researcher and head of the PAC research group.

Group members

Guest Professor Christoffer Johansen
Postdocs Rikke Langballe 
Hanin Salem
PhD students Beverly Lim Høeg

Selected publications:

Jansson, M. R. N., von Heymann-Horan, A., Rasmussen, B. K., Albieri, V., Frederiksen, K., Suppli, N., Dalton, S. O., Johansen, C., Bidstrup, P. E.
Risk for use of antidepressants, anxiolytics, and hypnotics in partners of glioma patients-A nationwide study covering 19 years of prescriptions.
Psychooncology. 2018

Mertz, B. G., Duun-Henriksen, A. K., Kroman, N., Johansen, C., Andersen, K. G., Andersson, M., Mathiesen, U. B., Vibe-Petersen, J., Dalton, S. O., Bidstrup, P. E.
The effects of individually tailored nurse navigation for patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer: a randomized pilot study.
Acta Oncol. 2017: 56(12), 1682-1689

Salem, H., Johansen, C., Schmiegelow, K., Winther, J. F., Wehner, P. S., Hasle, H., Rosthøj, S., Kazak, A. E., Bidstrup, P. E.
FAMily-Oriented Support (FAMOS): development and feasibility of a psychosocial intervention for families of childhood cancer survivors.
Acta Oncol. 2017: 56(2), 367-374

von Heymann-Horan, A. B., Puggaard, L. B., Nissen, K. G., Benthien, K. S., Bidstrup, P. E., Coyne, J., Johansen, C., Kjellberg, J., Nordly, M., Sjøgren, P., Timm, H., von der Maase, H., Guldin, M. B.
Dyadic psychological intervention for patients with cancer and caregivers in home-based specialized palliative care: The Domus model.
Palliat.Support.Care 2018: 16(2), 189-197

Ammitzbøll, G., Søgaard, K., Karlsen, R. V., Tjønneland, A., Johansen, C., Frederiksen, K., Bidstrup, P. E.
Physical activity and survival in breast cancer.
Eur.J.Cancer 2016: 66, 67-74


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