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Publications 2016

  • Wintner LM, Sztankay M, Aaronson N, Bottomley A, Giesinger JM, Groenvold M, Petersen MA, van de Poll-Franse L, Velikova G, Verdonck-de Leeuw I, Holzner B; EORTC Quality of Life Group. The use of EORTC measures in daily clinical practice-A synopsis of a newly developed manual. Eur J Cancer. 2016 Nov;68:73-81.

  • Krebber AH, van Uden-Kraan CF, Melissant HC, Cuijpers P, van Straten A, Becker-Commissaris A, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. A guided self-help intervention targeting psychological distress among head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients: motivation to start, experiences and perceived outcomes. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Jansen F, Cnossen IC, Eerenstein SE, Coupé VM, Witte BI, van Uden-Kraan CF, Doornaert P, Braunius WW, De Bree R, Hardillo JA, Honings J, Halmos GB, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Effectiveness and cost-utility of a guided self-help exercise program for patients treated with total laryngectomy: protocol of a multi-center randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2016 Aug 2;16:580.

  • De Vries AM, Gholamrezaee MM, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Passchier J, Despland JN, Stiefel F, de Roten Y. Patient satisfaction and alliance as a function of the physician's self-regulation, the physician's stress and the content of consultation in cancer care. Psychooncology. 2016 Jul 31. doi: 10.1002/pon.4233. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Jansen F, Witte BI, van Uden-Kraan CF, Braspenning AM, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. The need for supportive care among head and neck cancer patients: psychometric assessment of the Dutch version of the Supportive Care Needs Survey Short-Form (SCNS-SF34) and the newly developed head and neck cancer module (SCNS-HNC). Support Care Cancer. 2016 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Jansen F, van Zwieten V, Coupé VMH, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. A Review on Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Utility of Psychosocial Care in Cancer Patients. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing 2016; 3(2):125-136

  • Krebber AM, Jansen F, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM.Screening for psychological distress in follow-up care to identify head and neck cancer patients with untreated distress. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Jun;24(6):2541-8. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-3053-6.

  • Krebber AM, Jansen F, Witte BI, Cuijpers P, de Bree R, Becker-Commissaris A, Smit EF, van Straten A, Eeckhout AM, Beekman AT, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Stepped care targeting psychological distress in head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Oncol. 2016 Jun 10. pii: mdw230. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Flach GB, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Witte BI, Klop WM, van Es RJ, Schepman KP, de Bree R. Patients' perspective on the impact of sentinel node biopsy in oral cancer treatment. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2016. pii: S2212-4403(16)30001-3.

  • Kleijn G, Post L, Witte BI, Bohlmeijer ET, Westerhof GJ, Cuijpers P, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Psychometric Characteristics of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure on Ego-Integrity and Despair among Cancer Patients.PLoS One. 2016;11(5):e0156003.

  • Kalter J, Kampshoff CS, Chinapaw MJ, van Mechelen W, Galindo-Garre F, Schep G, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Brug J, Buffart LM. Mediators of Exercise Effects on HRQoL in Cancer Survivors after Chemotherapy. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Duineveld LA, Wieldraaijer T, Wind J, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, van Weert HC, van Uden-Kraan CF Primary care-led survivorship care for patients with colon cancer and the use of eHealth: a qualitative study on perspectives of general practitioners. BMJ Open. 2016;6(4):e010777.

  • Hjermstad MJ, Bergenmar M, Bjordal K, Fisher SE, Hofmeister D, Montel S, Nicolatou-Galitis O, Pinto M, Raber-Durlacher J, Singer S, Tomaszewska IM, Tomaszewski KA, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Yarom N, Winstanley JB, Herlofson BB; EORTC QoL Group. International field testing of the psychometric properties of an EORTC quality of life module for oral health: the EORTC QLQ-OH15. Support Care Cancer. 2016 24(9):3915-24.

  • Jansen F, Snyder CF, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Identifying cutoff scores for the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the head and neck cancer-specific module EORTC QLQ-H&N35 representing unmet supportive care needs in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2016;38 Suppl 1:E1493-500.

  • Holtmaat K, van der Spek N, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Posttraumatic growth among head and neck cancer survivors with psychological distress. Psychooncology. 2016 Feb 25. doi: 10.1002/pon.4106. [Epub ahead of print

  • Boele FW, van Uden-Kraan CF, Hilverda K, Reijneveld JC, Cleijne W, Klein M, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Attitudes and preferences toward monitoring symptoms, distress, and quality of life in glioma patients and their informal caregivers. Support Care Cancer. 2016;24(7):3011-22

  • Al-Itejawi HHM, van Uden-Kraan CF, Vis AN, Nieuwenhuijzen JA, Hofstee MJA van Moorselaar RJA, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Development of a patient decision aid for the treatment of localized prostate cancer: a participatory design approach. J Clin Nurs. 2016;25(7-8):1131-44.

  • Slev VN, Mistiaen P, Pasman HR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Uden-Kraan CF, Francke AL. Effects of eHealth for patients and informal caregivers confronted with cancer: A meta-review. Int J Med Inform. 2016;87:54-67.

  • 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. 2016;24(3):1261-1268.

  • Cnossen IC, van Uden-Kraan CF, Eerenstein SE, Rinkel RN, Aalders IJ, van den Berg K, de Goede CJ, van Stijgeren AJ, Cruijff-Bijl Y, de Bree R, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. A Participatory Design Approach to Develop a Web-Based Self-Care Program Supporting Early Rehabilitation among Patients after Total Laryngectomy. Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2016;67(4):193-201.

  • Köhle N, Drossaert CH, Oosterik S, Schreurs KM, Hagedoorn M, van Uden-Kraan CF, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Bohlmeijer ET. Needs and Preferences of Partners of Cancer Patients Regarding a Web-based Psychological Intervention. JMIR Cancer.

  • Jansen F, Snyder CF, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Identifying cut-off scores for the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the head and neck cancer specific module (EORTC QLQ-H&N35) representing unmet supportive care needs in head and neck cancer patients. Head Neck. 2016;38 Suppl 1:E1493-500.

  • Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Leemans CR, Cuijpers P. Pretreatment depression as a prognostic indicator of survival and nutritional status in patients with head and neck cancer. Cancer. 2016;122(6):971-2.

  • Christianen ME, van der Schaaf A, van der Laan HP, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Doornaert P, Chouvalova O, Steenbakkers RJ, Leemans CR, Oosting SF, van der Laan BF, Roodenburg JL, Slotman BJ, Bijl HP, Langendijk JA. Swallowing sparing intensity modulated radiotherapy (SW-IMRT) in head and neck cancer: Clinical validation according to the model-based approach. Radiother Oncol. 2016;118(2):298-303.

  • Duman-Lubberding S, van Uden-Kraan CF, Jansen F, Witte BI, van der Velden LA, Lacko M, Cuijpers P, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Feasibility of an eHealth application "OncoKompas" to improve personalized survivorship cancer care. Support Care Cancer. 2016;24(5):2163-71. 

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News flashes


PhD thesis Mirjam de Vries

March 22, 2019 Mirjam de Vries defended her thesis “Physicians‘ defence mechanisms during communication with advanced cancer patients”. 


PhD thesis Joeri Kalter

September 28, 2018 Joeri Kalter defended his thesis “Exercise and psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life in patients with cancer”. 


PhD thesis Sanne Duman-Lubberding

July 4, 2018 Sanne Duman-Lubberding defended her thesis "Online Patient Reported Outcome Measures to faciltate supportive care in Head and Neck Cancer patients".


PhD thesis Femke Jansen

January 15, 2018  Femke Jansen defended her thesis “Supportive care in head and neck cancer patients. Patient-reported needs and costs”. 

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 the 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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