Psycho-oncology Services

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Psycho-oncology Services

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.

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 also holds weekly relaxation sessions for patients and relatives on Thursdays 11am to 11.30am in the Judge Room, beside Ward C in St Luke's Hospital.

Click here to access the online relaxation services which includes downloadable audio recordings and helpful information on how to relax and cope with stress.


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.


Training patients and health professionals in psychological coping techniques and practice is the third area of work undertaken by the Psycho-Oncology Department.

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