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A multidisciplinary network of experts

Healthcare in cancerology now takes into account the overall care of the patient and the need to develop a continuum between prevention, treatment and support.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Research Program brings together a multidisciplinary panel of clinicians and researchers with complementary expertise – in psychology, therapeutic education, public health, clinical nutrition, support treatment and physical activity – whose actions contribute to a comprehensive approach for the prevention and the care of cancer.

Florence-CoussonGregory-NinotLe Programme est co-coordonné par le Pr. Florence Cousson-Gélie, professeur de psychologie de la santé à l’Université Montpellier 3 et Directrice scientifique du pôle Prévention Epidaure de l’ICM, et le Pr. Grégory Ninot, professeur à l’Université Montpellier 1 et Directeur du laboratoire Epsylon EA 4556.

The work of this group is based on three axes:

  • WP1. The study of risk behaviours and the psycho-social mechanisms of adapting to cancer

Aims to identify the main psycho-social and behavioural factors – stress, social support, perceived control, coping, tiredness, pain, anxiety, depression – involved in the emotional adjustment and quality of life of patients (and their families) affected by cancer.

  • WP2. Analysis of learning theories, particularly through therapeutic education programs for patients.

The target is to identify the drivers and barriers to learning and behavioural changes and to propose new methods of training and education – for patients, healthcare professionals and the population in general.

  • WP3. To prove the effectiveness of supportive care, via  high power non-drug clinical trials.

This work is based on interventional research aimed in particular at evaluating the effectiveness of nutritional or psychological care and of preventive actions.