The Psycho-Oncology Department offers expert psychological advice to patients and staff on the emotional challenges that may arise at all stages of the cancer journey. In addition, there is a limited service available to support family members.
Psycho-oncology is a specialty in cancer care concerned with understanding and treating the psychological, emotional, quality-of-life and functional aspects of cancer, from prevention through bereavement.
It is normal for patients to feel distressed when diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. However, at least 25% of patients will develop depression and anxiety. It is known that psychological support and intervention at all levels can reduce psychological distress, improve the patient’s quality of life, lead to a better functional and emotional outcome, and facilitate a return to daily activities.
All patients of the Network may request a referral for individual psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention.
The Psycho-Oncology Department in St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar holds weekly relaxation sessions for patients and relatives on Thursdays 11am to 11.30am in the Judge Room, beside Ward C.
Click here to access the online relaxation services which includes downloadable audio recordings and helpful information on how to relax and cope with stress.
In the St Luke's at Beaumont Hospital, the Cancer Thriving and Surviving Group is offered on a regular basis. This self-management group focuses on increasing self-efficacy, and managing health care in the post-treatment period. Any enquiries for dates and times for this group (01) 704-5580 - Vicky Lunt.
The department places a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and clinical research. We are currently investigating the effectiveness of 'emotional focused therapy' with cancer patients. We are also conducting a study exploring how Irish patients cope with cancer. The department has secured an international Cochrane review. Other network research interests include: the efficacy of a self management group, and the psychological adjustment of women with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Training patients and health professionals in psychological coping techniques and practice is the third area of work undertaken by the Psycho-Oncology Department. The members of the department also teach on various university undergraduate and postgraduate courses as part of their role.
Bibliotherapy Service For Patients/Relatives
A service through which recommended self help books can be borrowed by patients and relatives.
For more details on the Psycho-Oncology Department, please contact
St Luke's, Rathgar: AHP Admn Office on 01-4065032
St Luke's at Beaumont Hospital: 01-7045580