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Cancer brings with it tremendous psychological, emotional and social distress both to the individuals touched by the disease as well as their families.

Research evidence suggests that 3 out of 5 (nearly 60%) cancer patients suffer from severe psychological distress warranting professional psychological intervention. In recognition of this felt-need, a new field of science emerged in the late 1970s – the field of Psycho-oncology.


While premier Cancer centres across the world have integrated psycho-social oncology into mainstream cancer care, the field, unfortunately, is still in its infancy in India.

It is against this background, that the Department of Science and Technology, (DST) Government of India has made a pioneering effort to set up a centre of excellence -
Centre of Psycho-Oncology for Education and Research (COPER), an associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

Psychosocial Oncology is a “Multidisciplinary subspecialty of Oncology concerned with the emotional responses of patients at all stages of disease, their families, and staff.” It is also concerned with “the psychological, social, and behavioral variables that influence cancer prevention, risk, and survival”. The field has expanded to cover a vast ground of cancer care- prevention, detection, treatment, end-of-life care and life after cancer including distress of cancer care givers (family, doctors and staff etc).


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