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Publications 2017

  • Krebber, AMH, van Uden-Kraan, CF, Melissant, HC, Cuijpers, P, van Straten, A, Becker-Commissaris, A, Leemans, CR & Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, 'A guided self-help intervention targeting psychological distress among head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients: motivation to start, experiences and perceived outcomes', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 127-135. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-016-3393-x
  • Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, Behandelprotocol zingevingsgerichte groepstherapie voor mensen met kanker. Handleiding voor therapeuten. Bohn Stafleu, Van Loghum.
  • Jansen F, Krebber AMH, Coupé VHM, Cuijpers P, de Bree R, Becker-Commissaris A, Smit EF, van Straten A, Eeckhout GM, Beekman ATF, Leemans CR, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM. Cost-utility of stepped care targeting psychological distress in head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jan 20;35(3):314-324.J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec 5:JCO2016688739
  • Duman-Lubberding, S, van Uden-Kraan, CF, Jansen, F, Witte, BI, Eerenstein, SEJ, van Weert, S, de Bree, R, Leemans, CR & Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Durable usage of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice to monitor health-related quality of life in head and neck cancer patients', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 25, no. 12, pp. 3775-3783. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3808-3
  • Al-Itejawi, HHM, Van Uden-Kraan, CF, Van De Ven, PM, Coupé, VMH, Vis, AN, Nieuwenhuijzen, JA, Van Moorselaar, JA & Verdonck-De Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Effectiveness, cost-utility and implementation of a decision aid for patients with localised prostate cancer and their partners: Study protocol of a stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial', BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 9, e015154. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015154
  • Buffart, LM, Kalter, J, Sweegers, MG, Courneya, KS, Newton, RU, Aaronson, NK, Jacobsen, PB, May, AM, Galvao, DA, Chinapaw, MJ, Steindorf, K, Irwin, ML, Stuiver, MM, Hayes, S, Griffith, KA, Lucia, A, Mesters, I, van Weert, E, Knoop, H, Goedendorp, MM, Mutrie, N, Daley, AJ, McConnachie, A, Bohus, M, Thorsen, L, Schulz, K-H, Short, CE, James, EL, Plotnikoff, RC, Arbane, G, Schmidt, ME, Potthoff, K, van Beurden, M, Oldenburg, HS, Sonke, GS, van Harten, WH, Garrod, R, Schmitz, KH, Winters-Stone, KM, Velthuis, MJ, Taaffe, DR, van Mechelen, W, Kersten, MJ, Nollet, F, Wenzel, J, Wiskemann, J, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM & Brug, J 2017, 'Effects and moderators of exercise on quality of life and physical function in patients with cancer: An individual patient data meta-analysis of 34 RCTs', Cancer Treatment Reviews, vol. 52, pp. 91-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctrv.2016.11.010
  • van der Hout, A, van Uden-Kraan, CF, Witte, BI, Coupé, VMH, Jansen, F, Leemans, CR, Cuijpers, P, van de Poll-Franse, LV & Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Efficacy, cost-utility and reach of an eHealth self-management application 'Oncokompas' that helps cancer survivors to obtain optimal supportive care: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 18, no. 1, 228. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-1952-1
  • van der Spek, N, Vos, J, Van Uden-Kraan, CF, Breitbart, W, Cuijpers, P, Holtmaat, K, Witte, BI, Tollenaar, RAEM & Verdonck-De Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Efficacy of meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial', Psychological Medicine, vol. 47, no. 11, pp. 1990-2001. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291717000447
  • McNeill, NA, Kors, WA, Bosscha, MI, van Dijk, J, Fabius, AWM, Houffelaar, T, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM & Moll, AC 2017, 'Feasibility of RetinoQuest: e-health application to facilitate and improve additional care for retinoblastoma survivors', Journal of Cancer Survivorship, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 683-690. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-017-0642-z
  • Dozeman, E, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM, Savard, J & van Straten, A 2017, 'Guided web-based intervention for insomnia targeting breast cancer patients: Feasibility and effect', Internet Interventions, vol. 9, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2017.03.005
  • Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, Kanker en persoonlijke zingeving. Werkboek voor cliënten. Bohn Stafleu, Van Loghum.
  • Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, Meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer survivors. in Meaning-centered psychotherapy in the cancer setting, finding meaning and hope in the face of suffering. . The Oxford University Press.
  • Holtmaat, K, Van der Spek, N, Witte, BI, Breitbart, W, Cuijpers, P & Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Moderators of the effects of meaning-centered group psychotherapy in cancer survivors on personal meaning, psychological well-being, and distress', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 3385-3393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3757-x
  • Nugteren, IC, Duineveld, LAM, Wieldraaijer, T, van Weert, HCPM, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM, van Uden-Kraan, CF & Wind, J 2017, 'Need for general practitioner involvement and eHealth in colon cancer survivorship care: Patients' perspectives', Family Practice, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 473-478. https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmw139
  • Boele, FW, van Uden-Kraan, CF, Hilverda, K, Weimer, J, Donovan, HS, Drappatz, J, Lieberman, FS, Verdonck-de Leeuw, I & Sherwood, PR 2017, 'Neuro-oncology family caregivers’ view on keeping track of care issues using eHealth systems: it’s a question of time', Journal of Neuro-Oncology, vol. 134, no. 1, pp. 157-167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11060-017-2504-y
  • de Vries, AMM, Gholamrezaee, MM, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM, Passchier, J, Despland, JN, Stiefel, F & de Roten, Y 2017, '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', Psycho-Oncology, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 927-934. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4233
  • Cnossen, IC, van Uden-Kraan, CF, Witte, BI, Aalders, YJ, de Goede, CJT, de Bree, R, Doornaert, P, Rietveld, DHF, Buter, J, Langendijk, JA, Leemans, CR & Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM 2017, 'Prophylactic exercises among head and neck cancer patients during and after swallowing sparing intensity modulated radiation: adherence and exercise performance levels of a 12-week guided home-based program', European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, pp. 1129-1138. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00405-016-4367-9
  • Slev, VN, Pasman, HRW, Eeltink, CM, Van Uden-Kraan, CF, Verdonck-De Leeuw, IM & Francke, AL 2017, 'Self-management support and eHealth for patients and informal caregivers confronted with advanced cancer: An online focus group study among nurses', BMC Palliative Care, vol. 16, no. 1, 55. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-017-0238-4
  • Rood, JAJ, Nauta, IH, Witte, BI, Stam, F, van Zuuren, FJ, Manenschijn, A, Huijgens, PC, Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM & Zweegman, S 2017, 'Shared decision-making and providing information among newly diagnosed patients with hematological malignancies and their informal caregivers: Not "one-size-fits-all"', Psycho-Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4414
  • Verdonck-de Leeuw, IM, Krebber, AMH & Jansen, F 2017, Stepped care voor patiënten met psychische distress na de behandeling van kanker. in Psychologische patiëntenzorg in de oncologie.. Koninklijke Van Gorcum.
  • Köhle, N, Drossaert, CHC, Jaran, J, Schreurs, KMG, Leeuw, IMVD & Bohlmeijer, ET 2017, 'User-experiences with a web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients based on acceptance and commitment therapy and self-compassion: a qualitative study', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 1, 225. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4121-2


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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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