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2015

 

International

  • Cnossen IC, van Uden-Kraan CF, Eerenstein SE, Jansen F, Witte BI, Lacko M, Hardillo JA, Honings J, Halmos GB, Goedhart-Schwandt NL, de Bree R, Leemans CR, Verdonck-Leeuw IM. An online self-care education program to support patients after total laryngectomy: feasibility and satisfaction. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Aug 26. (epub ehead of print)
  • Duman-Lubberding S, van Uden-Kraan CF, Peek N, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. An eHealth Application in Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care: Health Care Professionals' Perspectives. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Oct 21;17(10):e235.
  • Christianen ME, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Doornaert P, Chouvalova O, Steenbakkers RJ, Koken PW, Leemans CR, Oosting SF, Roodenburg JL, van der Laan BF, Slotman BJ, Bijl HP, Langendijk JA. Patterns of long-term swallowing dysfunction after definitive radiotherapy or chemoradiation. Radiother Oncol. 2015 Oct;117(1):139-44.
  • Duineveld LA, Wieldraaijer T, van Asselt KM, Nugteren IC, Donkervoort SC, van de Ven AW, Smits AB, van Geloven AA, Bemelman WA, Beverdam FH, van Tets WF, Govaert MJ, Bosmans JE, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, van Uden-Kraan CF, van Weert HC, Wind J. Improving care after colon cancer treatment in The Netherlands, personalised care to enhance quality of life (I CARE study): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2015 Jun 26;16:284.
  • Rinkel RN, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Doornaert P, Buter J, de Bree R, Langendijk JA, Aaronson NK, Leemans CR. Prevalence of swallowing and speech problems in daily life after chemoradiation for head and neck cancer based on cut-off scores of the patient-reported outcome measures SWAL-QOL and SHI. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Köhle N, Drossaert CH, Schreurs KM, Hagedoorn M, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Bohlmeijer ET. A web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2015 Mar 28;15:303.
  • Kalter J, Buffart LM, Korstjens I, van Weert E, Brug J, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Mesters I, van den Borne B, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, Ros WJ, May AM. Moderators of the effects of group-based physical exercise on cancer survivors' quality of life. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Sep;23(9):2623-31.
  • Lubberding S, van Uden-Kraan CF, Te Velde EA, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Improving access to supportive cancer care through an eHealth application: a qualitative needs assessment among cancer survivors. J Clin Nurs. 2015 May;24(9-10):1367-79.
  • Rinkel RN, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, de Bree R, Aaronson NK, Leemans CR. Validity of patient-reported swallowing and speech outcomes in relation to objectively measured oral function among patients treated for oral or oropharyngeal cancer. Dysphagia. 2015 Apr;30(2):196-204.
  • Wopken K, Bijl HP, van der Schaaf A, van der Laan HP, Chouvalova O, Steenbakkers RJ, Doornaert P, Slotman BJ, Oosting SF, Christianen ME, van der Laan BF, Roodenburg JL, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Langendijk JA. Development of a multivariable normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) model for tube feeding dependence after curative radiotherapy/chemo-radiotherapy in head and neck cancer. Radiother Oncol. 2014 Oct;113(1):95-101.
  • Jansen F, van Uden-Kraan CF, Braakman JA, van Keizerswaard PM, Witte BI, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. A mixed-method study on the generic and ostomy-specific quality of life of cancer and non-cancer ostomy patients. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Jun;23(6):1689-97.
  • Jansen F, van Uden-Kraan CF, van Zwieten V, Witte BI, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Cancer survivors' perceived need for supportive care and their attitude towards self-management and eHealth. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Jun;23(6):1679-88. 
  • Thamsborg LH, Petersen MA, Aaronson NK, Chie WC, Costantini A, Holzner B, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Young T, Groenvold M; EORTC Quality of Life Group. Development of a lack of appetite item bank for computer-adaptive testing (CAT). Support Care Cancer. 2015;23(6):1541-8.
  • Köhle N, Drossaert CH, Schreurs KM, Hagedoorn M, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Bohlmeijer ET. A web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:303.
  • Kalter J, Buffart LM, Korstjens I, van Weert E, Brug J, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Mesters I, van den Borne B, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, Ros WJ, May AM. Moderators of the effects of group-based physical exercise on cancer survivors' quality of life. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Feb 14.
  • Lubberding S, van Uden-Kraan CF, Te Velde EA, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Improving access to supportive cancer care through an eHealth application: a qualitative needs assessment among cancer survivors. J Clin Nurs. 2015;24(9-10):1367-79
  • Rinkel RN, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, de Bree R, Aaronson NK, Leemans CR. Validity of Patient-Reported Swallowing and Speech Outcomes in Relation to Objectively Measured Oral Function Among Patients Treated for Oral or Oropharyngeal Cancer. Dysphagia. 2015 Jan 28
  • Jansen F, van Uden-Kraan CF, Braakman JA, van Keizerswaard PM, Witte BI, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. A mixed-method study on the generic and ostomy-specific quality of life of cancer and non-cancer ostomy patients. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Jun;23(6):1689-97.
  • Jansen F, van Uden-Kraan CF, van Zwieten V, Witte BI, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Cancer survivors' perceived need for supportive care and their attitude towards self-management and eHealth. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Jun;23(6):1679-88.
  • Rood JA, Van Zuuren FJ, Stam F, van der Ploeg T, Huijgens PC, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Cognitive coping style (monitoring and blunting) and the need for information, information satisfaction and shared decision making among patients with haematological malignancies. Psychooncology. 2015 May;24(5):564-71.
  • Rood JA, Eeltink CM, van Zuuren FJ, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Huijgens PC. Perceived need for information of patients with haematological malignancies: a literature review. J Clin Nurs. 2015;24(3-4):353-69.
  • van Nieuwenhuizen AJ, Buffart LM, Brug J, René Leemans C, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. The association between health related quality of life and survival in patients with head and neck cancer: A systematic review. Oral Oncol. 2015;51(1):1-11.
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News flashes

 

PhD thesis Janneke Rood

September 11, 2017, Janneke Rood defended her thesis "Perceived need for information and treatment decision-making in patients with hematological malignancies: not "one size fits all".

 

Amsterdam Public Health project

Within tthe context of the alliance VUmc-AMC Prof dr Ellen Laan (AMC) and prof dr Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw (VUmc) received a grant for the project "Sexual well-being in head and neck cancer patients".

 

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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