Birgitta Johansson – Caring sciences in oncology care
Research in the group focuses on studying how cancer patients feel during and after therapy, and how they have experienced the therapy and care. We also aim to find ways to improve treatment results, reduce toxicity and adverse effects, and improve patients’ quality of life.
Each year approximately 55 000 people in Sweden receive a cancer diagnosis. During cancer therapy patients suffer from physical side effects and at the same time the disease often causes psychosocial effects such as anxiety and depression. We are part of several projects that aim to improve care and therapy, and to reduce physical
and psychological adverse effects.
The projects include a randomized controlled trial where we evaluate the effects of internet based stepped care on anxiety, depression and health related quality of life. In another study we aim to determine the long-term effects of a dietary intervention on gastrointestinal symptoms after radiotherapy for prostate cancer.
We also analyse the effects of an internet-based patient education about the 18F-FDG-PET/CT examination, evaluate toxicity and care during proton therapy and study the effects of physical exercise during cancer therapy.