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Quality of Life in Cancer and Immunology


About Quality in Life in Cancer and Immunology

More and more research is being conducted at the interface of two of the VUmc research institutes, i.e. VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research (EMGO+). Main theme in this research is quality of life in cancer patients. Research on quality of life in cancer needs a strong interdisciplinary context. There is room for improvement of the interdisciplinary context of the present research on quality of life in cancer. Research projects on quality of life in CCA have an excellent footing in oncology: the footing of these projects in health and care research can be improved. Research projects on quality of life in EMGO+ have an excellent base in health and care research: the base in oncology of these projects can be improved.

The joint research program bridging CCA and EMGO+ is ideally suited to improve the interdisciplinary context of research on quality of life in cancer. The joint research program brings together the much needed expertise on oncology on the one side and health and care research on the other side.

The joint program focuses on four research lines:

  • patient and proxy reported outcome
  • allied health services and lifestyle
  • psycho-oncology and communication
  • palliative care

These research lines cover the research program ‘Quality of life’ of CCA and research related to quality of life in cancer patients in EMGO+. In EMGO+, a series of research projects related to quality of life in cancer patients is distributed over the various research programs: lifestyle, obesity and diabetes; mental health; quality of care; and musculoskeletal health; these EMGO+ research projects related to quality of life in cancer are embedded in the joint program.  

Program leaders

  • Professor J. Dekker, PhD (Dept Rehabilitation / Dept Psychiatry)
  • Professor G.J.L. Kaspers, MD, PhD (Dept Pediatrics / Oncology-Hematology)
  • Professor B.D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, PhD (Dept Occupational and Public Health)
  • Professor I.M. Verdonck-de Leeuw, PhD (Dept Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery / VU Dept Clinical Psychology) (chair)
  • O. Visser MD (Dept of Hematology)

More information about the CCA program Quality of Life:

http://www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/CCA-V-ICI/Qualityoflife/