Psychological Aspects of Cancer

Group leader: Pernille Envold Bidstrup

In the research group on Psychological Aspects of Cancer, we focus on documenting physical and psychological symptoms in epidemiological registry-based studies and developing support for cancer patients and their families to be tested in randomized controlled trial (RCT) design.

We focus on five main research tracks including:

  • Physical and psychological late effects of cancer
  • Supportive care in cancer
  • Psychological late effects of cancer in families
  • Psychological support for childhood cancer patients and their families
  • Grief in children and in parents

Examples of our research projects include (*RCT is randomized controlled trial):

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Our research methods range from e.g., qualitative interviews for developing new supportive care programs, questionnaire studies on cancer patients’ needs, epidemiological registry-based studies on documenting psychiatric medication in cancer caregivers, randomized controlled trials evaluating new supportive care programs and Cochrane meta-analyses evaluating effect of different types of cancer follow-up.

Our aim is to contribute with research relevant to the cancer clinic and most importantly to cancer patients and their families. We strive to ensure this focus by:

  • Conducting our research in close collaboration with the cancer clinic, municipality rehabilitation programs, counseling services as well as national and international experts
  • Involving patients and caregivers in the research especially when we aim to develop new supportive care programs

Selected publications:

Salem H, Kazak AE, Andersen EW, Belmonte F, Johansen C, Schmiegelow K, Winther JF, Wehner PS, Hasle H, Rosthøj S, Bidstrup PE: Home-based cognitive behavioural therapy for families of young children with cancer (FAMOS): A nationwide randomised controlled trial. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021;68(3):e28853

Marku M, Rasmussen BK, Dalton SO, Johansen C, Hamerlik P, Andersen KK, Meier SM, Bidstrup PE: Early indicators of primary brain tumours: a population-based study with 10 years' follow-up. Eur J Neurol. 2021;28(1):278-285

Løppenthin K, Dalton SO, Johansen C, Andersen E, Christensen M, Pappot H, Petersen L, Thisted L, Frølich A, Mortensen C, Lassen U, Ørsted J, Bidstrup PE: Total burden of disease in cancer patients at diagnosis – A Danish nationwide study of multimorbidity and redeemed medication. British Journal of Cancer 2020;123(6):1033-1040

Høegh BL, Bidstrup PE, Karlsen RV, Friberg AS, Albieri V, Dalton SO, Saltbæk L, Andersen KK, Horsboel TA, Johansen C: Follow-up strategies following completion of primary cancer treatment in adult cancer survivors. The Cochrane Collaboration 2019; (11):CD012425

Mertz BG, Dunn-Henriksen AK, Kroman N, Johansen C, Andersen KG, Andersson M, Mathiesen UB, Vibe-Petersen J, Dalton SO, Bidstrup PE: 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


Group leader Pernille Bidstrup
Research profile

Psychological Aspects of Cancer
Staff Members

Selected Funding

Knæk Cancer - Talented Young Researcher

Childhood Cancer Foundation



DSPM - Danish Society for Psychosocial Medicine

IPOS - International Psycho-Oncology Society

POPPI - Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals and Providers International