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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN_F_27 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Psycho-oncology
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: Academic basket
Clinical Psychology basket
Elective courses
electives for 3,4 and 5 year
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

Psycho-oncology seminar presents main issues concerning psychological

functioning of cancer patients and their relatives in psycho-social


Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

Cancer influences not only the body but also the mind – it brings huge

stress and triggers anxiety associated with diagnosis, long-term

burdening treatment, changes in everyday habits, family life and

confronts with own mortality.

This seminar presents wide range of psycho-oncological concepts and

study results that help better comprehend with patients suffering from

cancer. All topics presented during this seminar concern psycho-social

approach with elements of epidemiology, medicine, health promotion

and cancer prevention, therapeutic programs for chronically ill patients.

Presented material includes not only individual cancer patient’s

perspective, but also influence of chronic illness on a family system at

different disease stages.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

1. Introduction to psycho-oncology and oncology

Introduction of course timeline and literature, introductory lecture on

psycho-oncology, most common beliefs about cancer. Cancer


Adlard, J. W., Hume, M. J. (2003). Cancer Knowledge of the General Public

in the United Kingdom: Survey in a Primary Care Setting and Review

of the Literature. Clin Oncol, 15, 174 - 180.

Carlsson, M. E., Strang, P. M. (1997). Facts, Misconceptions, and Myths

about Cancer. Gynecol Oncol, 65, 46 - 53.

2. Psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI)

Evidence based theories of cancer development and progression. Cancer

treatment options.

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, p. IX-X, XV-XVI, 82-

91. London: Rotledge.

Keller, S. E., Schleifer, S. J., Bartlett, J. A., Schiflett, S. C., Rameshwar, P.

(2000). Stress, depression, immunity and health. In: K. Goodkin and

A. D. Visser (ed.), Psychoneuroimmunology: Stress, Mental

Disorders and Health, 1-27. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric

Press Inc.

3. Diagnosis as a crucial life event in phenomenological approach

Adaptation process according to E. Kübler-Ross. Obstacles in processing

information about diagnosis. Patients’ memories according to diaries and

clinical interviews.

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, 11-25, 58 – 62, 104-

120. London: Rotledge

4. Mental health of diagnosed patients and their family members

Common psychiatric morbidity (depression, anxiety disorders, delirium,

etc). Family members as second-line patients. Psychological adjustment

and functioning of patient’s family system. Assessment of mental health

in psycho-oncology.

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, 30 – 39, 50 - 57.

London: Rotledge.

Kleespies, P. M., Hughes, D. H., Gallacher, F. P. (2000). Suicide in the

medically and terminally ill: Psychological and ethical

considerations. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56, 1153-1171.

Mallinger, J.B., Griggs, J.J., Shields, C.G. (2006). Family communication and

mental health after breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care,

15(4), 355-361.

5. Therapeutic programs in psycho-oncology

Therapeutic programs tailored for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Group interventions and self-help groups. Interventions examples from

Maultsby’s RBT (Rational Behavior Therapy).

Maultsby, M. (1990). Rational Behavior Therapy, 8-21. Appleton: Rational

Self-Help Aids.

6. Cancer prevention and health promotion

Genetic tests in hereditary types of cancer. Damocles’ syndrome. Cancer

risk factors due to European Code against Cancer. Psychologist’s role in

health promotion.

European Code Against Cancer, 4th edition. (2013). Retrieved from:

https://cancer-code-europe.iarc.fr/images/doc/ecac_en.pdf . 03-28-17.

7. Final exam - test (written, multiple choice).

8. Course summary (test debriefing, closing remarks).

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

After completing this course students should better understand and use

main psycho-oncological concepts to describe psychological functioning

of cancer patients and their relatives, explain adaptation models,

common interventions and psychologist’s role in psycho-oncology.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

(1) Exam - test (written, multiple choice) – 80% of the grade;

(2) Group presentation - 20%

(3) Extra points for class active participation (e.g. discussion participation,

critical thinking) - additional points max. 10%.

Attendance rules

Obligatory attendance – max. 2 absences without excuse

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