Cancer and Palliative Care

Research Highlights

Palliative care, advanced directive

Cancer prevention and early detection of cancer for the disadvantaged group

Sexuality care

Symptom management for cancer patients

Childhood cancer

The mission of the Cancer and Palliative Care Group is to excel in the promotion of quality and effective cancer and palliative care through the development and utilization of evidence-based knowledge.

Signature Research Work

Research projects undertaken by the Cancer and Palliative Care Group focus mainly on enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients and their families, with topics including: (a) the development and evaluation of electronic media-based interventions for symptom management and improving the quality of life (QoL) of cancer patients, and the reduction of stress experienced by their family members; (b) the validation of instruments for use in assessing the QoL and sexual function in Chinese cancer survivors, and in measuring the self-efficacy level of caregivers in providing caregiving services for cancer patients in Hong Kong; (c) the identification of palliative care needs of paediatric patients; and (d) the investigation on the acceptability of advance directives and the factors that facilitate and hamper their implementation in Hong Kong. The research has provided data to inform strategies to optimise the current healthcare services for cancer patients and their families in Hong Kong.

International Research Collaborations

  • Harmonising principles, processes and outcome measures to enable culturally-specific health promotion after breast cancer, in collaboration with Prof Alexandra McCarthy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Publications on oncology nursing education and training in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in collaboration with faculties from USA, Canada, Jordan, Rwanda, etc.
    - Challinor, J.M., Galassi, A.L., Al-Ruzzieh, M.A., Bigirimana, J.B., Buswell, L., So, W.K.W., Steinberg, A.B., & Williams, M.J. (2016). Nursing’s potential to address the growing cancer burden in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Global Oncology, 2(3), 154-163.
    - So, W.K.W., Cumming, G.G., Ayala de Calvo, L.E., Day, S.W., Houlahan, K., Nevidjon, B.M., Schneider, J., Teahon, T., & Were, P.A. (2016). Enhancement of oncology nursing education in low- and middle-income countries: Challenges and strategies. Journal of Cancer Policy, 8, 10-16.
  • Investigating the role of nurse in managing chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting – An international survey in collaboration with faculties from Australia, Colombia, and mainland China.
    - Krishnasamy, M., So, W.K.W., Yates, P., de Calvo, L.E.A., Annab, R., Wisniewski, T., & Aranda, S. (2014). The nurse's role in managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: An international survey. Cancer Nursing, 37(4), E27-E35.
    - So, W.K.W., Chan, D.N.S., Chan, H.Y.L., Krishnasamy, M., Chan, T., Ling, W.M., Lo, J.C.K., & Aranda, S. (2013). Knowledge and practice among Hong Kong oncology nurses in the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, 370-374.
  • Survivorship care for patients with cancer after TrEatment completion in the Asia-Pacific Region: An international service-mapping study (The STEP Study) in collaboration with faculties from Asia-Pacific region

Selected Research and Knowledge Transfer Projects​