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Treatment of psychological distress in patients with head and neck or lung cancer cost-effective.
A recent study of PhD-student Femke Jansen and colleagues, recently published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed that this stepped care program is highly-likely to be cost-effective. 

New PhD student
Per 1 May 2016, Anouk Schuit started on her PhD project within the ICT4PAL project. In this project the Oncokompas2.0 will be adapted for cancer patients in the palliative phase of the disease, and for their informal caregivers. 

EORTC QLG Newsletter Spring 2016

The EORTC QLG  Spring Meeting took place on April 20th and 21th 2016 in Oslo. The Spring newsletter of the EORTC QLG is now available. 

 

VU/VUmc and Red-kite sign agreement for the provision of the Oncokompas2.0 in healthcare.

The VU University Amsterdam and VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam work with Red-kite, distributor of software for hospitals in Netherlands. (November 3, 2015)

 

New PhD students and student

Within our researchgroup 3 new PhD students started in the summer of 2015: Matthijs de Wit, Anja van der Hout and Koen Neijenhuijs. For more informatie, see "Research group". Also one student started in November 2015: Ben de Haan. 

 

Best poster award

During the IPOS/APOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology at Washington (July 2015) Karen Holtmaat received the best poster award for her poster “Psychological posttraumatic growth in head and neck cancer survivors with psychological distress”. 

 

Book presentation "In Tune Without Cords"

On June 15th, 2015, Irma Verdonck presented the book "In Tune Without Cords" (in Dutch: VerderZonderStembanden) to Rob Burdorf, the president of the patient society for patients after laryngectomy. twitter.com/knovumc

The self-care program was already available online and now also as a book for people who do not have acces to the Internet. More information on he project can be found here.

 

Niels Stensen Fellowship

Florien Boele has received a Niels Stensen Fellowship. This is a scholarship that is awarded annually to a number of outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD degree, to gain working experience abroad. Florien Boele will go to Pittsburgh (United States) and Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2015 and 2016.

 

VU and VUmc start OncoKompas2.0

On February 4, 2015 - World Cancer Day – VU University Amsterdam and VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam launch the Oncokompas2.0, in collaboration with the Integraal Kankercentrum Nederland (IKNL) and patient association Levenmetkanker. Oncokompas2.0 is an online self-management tool which supports a cancer patient to find the most relevant information and accompanying care in the area of quality of life, tailored to the personal health situation and preferences. The establishment of and research of Oncokompas2.0 is financed by KWF / Alpe d'HuZes, Zilveren Kruis Achmea, Pink Ribbon Foundation and Nutricia.
 

Key paper

The publication “Prevalence of depression in cancer patients: a meta-analysis of diagnostic interviews and self-report instruments” of A.M.H. Krebber et.al is chosen by the Editors as one of the key papers in Psycho-oncology, (issue June 2014).
 

Value Based Healthcare Prize 2014

On April 10th, 2014, the first edition of the Value Based Healthcare Prize took place. The first prize, a Harvard style business case, was won by project Meetbaar Beter.
The prize for the most exceptional initiative in collaborations went to Jippa, a collaborative by VUmc, CZ, Radboud UMC and Tilburg University. The project includes almost half of all Dutch hospitals in their efforts to implement and test a decision aid for treatment for early stage prostate cancer, and involves many stakeholders wihtin these hospitals. Jippa aims to implement shared decision making for a large group of patients, thereby involving patients in the creation of value. The project originated from a collaboration between a university, two hospitals and an insurance company, and now has a reach of over 40 hospitals.
 

Graduation 2014

Inge Braspenning finished with succes her Master Health Sciences, specialisation ‘Prevention and Public Health’ (VU). 

 

Graduation 2013

Valesca van Zwieten finished with succes her research project for Bachelor Gezondheid & Leven 

 

MASCC

June 2013, Irma Verdonck became Chair of the Study Group on Quality of life, Rehabilitation, and Cancer survivorship, MASCC (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer). 

 

EORTC

12 April 2013: Irma Verdonck was appointed as Secretary of the Quality of Life Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).

 

10-12 April 2013: The EORTC QoL Group Spring Meeting 2013 was organised by Irma Verdonck, Jaap Reijneveld (neurologist VUmc) and Neil Aaronson (NKI/AvL) in Amsterdam in "de Rode Hoed". There were over 120 participants from all over Europe.

 

NET-QUBIC

April 2013: the Dutch Cancer Society and Alpe d'HuZes Foundation have granted the research proposal "Netherlands Quality of life and Biomedical Cohort Studies in Cancer_Head and Neck Cancer (NET-QUBIC_HNC)." NET-QUBIC_HNC is a multicenter prospective cohort study on HNC patients and their informal caregivers. The primary objective is 1) to describe the long-term course of QoL in HNC patients and their informal caregivers and to identify cancer-related, personal, genetic, biological, psychobehavioural, physical, lifestyle-related, and social determinants of QoL.
Secondary objectives are: 2) To determine whether the association between QoL and survival is direct or mediated by other variables, 3) To build predictive models for QoL and survival, 4) To prospectively examine supportive care needs in all phases of the disease, 5) To describe the long term course of QoL in informal caregivers, 6) To establish a large QoL database and biobank of tissue specimen, DNA, RNA, serum plasma and saliva, with integrated clinical information.

This project will be carried out by the Dept of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery of VU University Medical Center in close cooperation with the head and neck centers of VUmc in Amsterdam, UMCG in Groningen, UMC St Radboud in Nijmegen, and UMCU in Utrecht, and the Dept Clinical Psychology of VU University.

The Principal Investigators are prof dr IM Verdonck-de Leeuw and prof dr CR Leemans.

 

New students

Inge Braspenning (Master Health Sciences) has started her research project "Validation and assessing the internal consistency and interpretability of the short-form supportive care needs survey (SCNS-SF34) and cancer specific module targeting Dutch head and neck cancer patients (SCNS-SF34_HNC)".

Valesca van Zwieten (Bachelor Gezondheid & Leven) has started her research project "The need for prevention, supportive care, self-management, and e-health among cancer survivors.

 

New PhD students and students

Within our research group,  2 new PhD students started in November: Femke Jansen and Hoda Al-ltejawi. For more informatie, see "Research group". Also 2 students have started: Fedja Vos and Kelly Kromhout.

 

Psychologie Magazine

Kanker laat je nooit meer los. Interview with Irma Verdonck in Psychologie Magazine, a journal on psychology.

 

Interview on Radio 5

On 9 September, Hans van Willigenburg interviewed Irma Verdonck on Radio 5.

http://www.rkk.nl/zondag-van-Van-Willigenburg/archief/2012/index.html

 

Vienna Medical Academy Award

Florien Boele received the Vienna Medical Academy Award during the congress of the European Association of Neuro-Oncology (September 6-9 2012) at Marseille for her presentation focusing on research in quality of life in partners of cancerpatients.

 

Graduation

Augustus 2012: Martine Barendrecht, Dalibor Stanic, Edwin Teeuw, Martine Hoogendoorn and Nynke Dijkstra finished their MA thesis succesfully.

 

CPLOL congres

Impression of the first day of the CPLOL congress, May 25th & 26th 2012 at the World Forum in THe Hague. 

 

MASCC

Kevin Yap and Irma Verdonck organise a workshop "Paving the future of supportive cancer care: is e-health the way forwards?" at the International symposium on supportive care in cancer (MASCC ISOO), 28-30 June 2012 in New York City. This workshop aims to give an overview of various e-health technologies that can be applied to oncology, and provide an insight to the issues associated with this area, so that collaborations can be forged and best practices adopted for clinilca oncology practices.

 

Alpe d'HuZes 2012

Florien Boele, Corien Eeltink, Gitta Kleijn, Annette van Nieuwenhuizen, Nadia van der Spek and Irma Verdonck will act as volunteers at Alpe d'HuZes, 6-8 Jun 2012, in Alpe d'Huez, France.

 

NVPO congress

At the national congress of the Netherlands Psycho-Oncology Society in Utrecht, Florien Boele presented her research on effectiveness of a training targeting partners of brain tumour patients. Laurien Buffart presented the results of a study on physical activity of colorectal patients in relation to quality of life. 

Anne-Marie Krebber presented a poster on effectiviness of guided self-help targeting anxiety and depression in patients treated for head and neck cancer or lung cancer. Geertje laRiviere presented the first result on RetinoQuest. Sanne Lubberding presented the results of a qualitative investigation regarding the need for e-health in relation to supportive cancer care, in both patients and professinals. 

Irma Verdonck, Joël Vos, Gitta Kleijn, Nadia van der Spek, and Lenneke Post together with Kitty Knipscheer organised a workshop on the psychological interventions Life Review (developed by Ernst Bohlmeijer), Meaning Therapy (developed by Bill Breitbart), and Spiritual Autobiography (developed by Jannette Delver). The 35 participants valued the scientific background as well as the practical exercises.

 

New grant

Prof dr Ernst Bohlmeijer and dr Stans Drossaert (University Twente) and prof dr Imra Verdonck obtained a new grant from KWF / Alpe d'HuZes. An evidence based online selfhelp intervention will be adapted for partners of cancer patients. This intervention is based on behavioral therapy and mindfulness. A cost-effectiveness study is part of this project.

 

"Gesprek op 2" with Daphne Bunskoek

In the television program "Gesprek op 2" on 30 October Daphne Bunskoek interviewed Irma Verdonck on living with cancer.

 

OncoCompass

The website www.oncokompas.nl is online!

OncoCompass is a personal e-health portal (under development) that supports cancer survivors by finding and obtaining optimal supportive care, adjusted to their personal health status and situation. See also Research projects.

 

Alpe d'HuZes

The handover of Alpe d'HuZes sponsor money to the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijding) will be on Sunday October 23th in Lelystad. The total amount in 2011 is 20.176.381,45 euro!! www.opgevenisgeenoptie.nl.

 

New PhD students

Within our research group, 4 new PhD students started: Lenneke Post, Annette van Nieuwenhuizen, Gitta Kleijn and Nadia van der Spek. For more informatie, see "Research group"

 

Master students

Loanne Kliphuis completed her MA thesis in Health & Life Sciences (Management, Policy-Analysis & Entrepreneurship). Alexander Scheffer completed his thesis in Medical Decision Making. Both worked the past months with us within the scope of the OncoCompass project. 

Five new students have started their research projects:  Martina Hoogendoorn (Health Psychology, Unviserty Twente), Marjolein Heinen, Willemijn de Graaf, Dalibor Stanic (Clinical Psychology, VU University Amsterdam), and Edwin Teeuw (Clinical Psychology, Leiden University).

 

LIVESTRONG meeting in Washington

Irma Verdonck was invited by LIVESTRONG (Lance Armstrong Foundation) to attend the meeting on "Essential elements of cancer survivorship care". After two days of inspiring discussions, a preliminary list of essential elements was composed. This list will be elaborated in more detail in the near future.

 

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News flashes

 

Treatment of psychological distress in patients with head and neck or lung cancer cost-effective.
A recent study of PhD-student Femke Jansen and colleagues, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

 

PhD thesis Nadine Köhle

December 15, 2016 Nadine Köhle defended her PhD thesis "Hold on, for each other. Supporting partners of cancer patients via eHealth and positive psychology". 

 

PhD thesis Anne-Marie Krebber

December 2, 2016 Anne-Marie Krebber defended her PhD thesis "Stepped care targeting psychological distress in head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients".

 

PhD thesis Nadia van der Spek

September 7, 2016, Nadia van der Spek defended her PhD thesis "Meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer survivors: development, efficacy, and cost-utility". 

 

EORTC QLG Newsletter Spring 2016
The EORTC QLG  Spring Meeting took place on April 20th and 21th 2016 in Oslo. The Spring newsletter of the EORTC QLG is now available. 

PhD thesis Ingrid Cnossen

April 12, 2016, Ingrid Cnossen defended her PhD thesis entiteld “Self-management Supporting Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients”. 

 

VU/VUmc and Red-kite sign agreement for the provision of the Oncokompas in healthcare.

The VU University Amsterdam and VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam work with Red-kite, distributor of software for hospitals in Netherlands. (November 3, 2015)

 

PhD thesis Christine van Gogh

December 4, 2015, Christine van Gogh defended her PhD thesis entiteld “Functional outcome of early glottic cancer”. 

Book presentation

On June 15th, 2015, Irma Verdonck presented the book "In Tune Without Cords" (in Dutch: VerderZonderStembanden) to Rob Burdorf, the president of the patient society for patients after laryngectomy.

 

PhD thesis Florien Boele

May 11 Florien Boele defended her PhD thesis, entitled "Towards improving health-related quality of life in glioma patients and their informal caregvers".

 

PhD thesis Trille Kristina Kjaer

May 8, Trille Kjaer will defend her PhD thesis entitled "Late effects after treatment of head and neck cancer and use of patient reported outcomes in clinical practice." Irma Verdonck is member of the committee.

 

Niels Stensen Fellowship
Florien Boele has received a Niels Stensen Fellowship. This is a scholarship that is awarded annually to a number of outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD degree, to gain working experience abroad. Florien Boele will go to Pittsburgh (United States) and Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2015 and 2016.
 

Key paper

The publication “Prevalence of depression in cancer patients: a meta-analysis of diagnostic interviews and self-report instruments” of A.M.H. Krebber et.al is chosen by the Editors as one of the key papers in Psycho-oncology, (issue June 2014).

 

On April 10th, 2014, the first edition of the Value Based Healthcare Prize took place. The prize for the most exceptional initiative in collaborations went to Jippa, a collaborative by VUmc, CZ, Radboud UMC and Tilburg University.

 

In November 2013 the NVPO organised the International Congress "Innovation in Psycho-Oncology". The researchgroup held several presentations and posters.

 

Interested in oncological care chain? Come 2 October 2013 to the 3rd MuON symposium in hospital Gelderse Vallei. Keynote speaker Michel van Schaik (Director Rabobank) about Innovation in the care!

 

12 april 2013: KWF Kankerbestrijding / Alpe d’HuZes has granted the research proposal Netherlands Quality of life and Biomedical Cohort Studies in Cancer (NET-QUBIC).

Marieke de Bruijn will defend her PhD thesis on 10 juni 2013 at 15.45 pm.

Support our bicycle team for Alpe d'HuZes 2013!

On 6 June 2013 our team living together with cancer will cycle the Alpe d'HuZes! This in the fight against cancer. At this moment there is already more than 1500 euro donated. Do you support us too?

 

The 15th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy will be held in Rotterdam, 4-8 November 2013. www.ipos-society.org/ipos2013/.

 

29 January 2013. Pink Ribbon has granted a project to develop and evaluate an online training for cancer patients with insomnia (Annemieke van Straten), and a project to develop and evaluate a breast cancer module for the OncoKompas (Nelly van Uden).

 

Charity Symposium "Living with cancer"

On December 19, 2012 there will be a Symposium ''Living with Cancer''. This is a charity symposium on meaning centered psychotherapy for cancer patients. Read more about it at the tab News at the left.

 

15 November 2012: Hoe?Zo! Radio interview with Irma Verdonck on stress and cancer.

 

October 2012: Interview with Irma Verdonck in Psychologie Magazine.

 

September 9, 2012. Interview Hans van Willigenburg with Irma Verdonck on Radio 5.

 

August 2012. Five students finish their MSc thesis and graduate as MSc in Clinical PSychology.

 

June 28-30, 2012: International symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC ISOO) at New York. Kevin Yap and Irma Verdonck organise a workshop on e-health and supportive care.

 

Record for Alpe d'HuZes 2012. The sponsor action Alpe d'HuZes (6 and 7 June) 2012 has already yielded the record amount of 28.5 million euros.

 

June 6-8, 2012: Our research group contributes to Alpe d'HuZes as volunteers.

 

April 20, 2012: Nelly van Uden will give a presentation about OncoKompas at a conference about  ICT in health care in Barcelona.

 

March 16, 2012: NVPO congress in Utrecht, we contribute with 2 oral and 2 poster presentations and a workshop.

 

January 1, 2012: The project POLARIS project has officially started.

 

December 22, 2011: Radio program DeGids.fm, Felix Meurders interviews Corien Eeltink on sexuality and cancer. 

 

November 2, 2011: KWF / Alpe d'HuZes funds a grant for the development and evaluation of an online intervention for informal caregivers of cancer patients.

 

October 30, 2011 In the national television program "Gesprek op 2", Daphne Bunskoek interviewed Irma Verdonck on living with cancer.

 

October 28, 2011: www.oncokompas.nl is online!

 

October 23, 2011: Alpe d'HuZes hands over more than 20 million euros to the Dutch Cancer Society!

 

 

Team work

Our research projects are embedded in the two largest research institutes of VU University in Amsterdam: VUmc CCA-VICI (Cancer Center Amsterdam) www.vumc.nl/afdelingen/CCA-V-ICI/ and EMGO+ (Institute for Health and Care Research emgo.nl

We work closely with patients and their caregivers and with researchers and physicians at VU University and VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and other research institutes and hospitals in the Netherlands and worldwide. Team work is crucial  improving research and translating results into clinical practice.

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