Cancer and Palliative Care

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, and the development of strategies that promote the use of cancer screening for effective cancer prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities. Research topics include:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • The identification of palliative care needs of paediatric patients;
  • The investigation on the acceptability of advance directives and the factors that facilitate and hamper their implementation in Hong Kong;
  • The development of an educational programme that enhances the awareness of South Asian ethnic minorities in Hong Kong on the availability of cancer screening services and the benefits of their utilisation in cancer prevention.
  • The development of psycho-educational intervention programme and sexual rehabilitation interventions for gynaecological cancer patients in Hong Kong to promote sexual health.

The research has provided data to inform strategies to optimise the current healthcare services for cancer patients and their families in Hong Kong, and clues to inform strategic development for promoting effective cancer prevention among disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minorities.

International Research Collaborations

  • An International and Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration for Noncommunicable Disease Prevention using mHealth: A Pilot study among Indian migrants to Hong Kong, in collaboration with Prof. Shelby Garner, Baylor University, USA.
  • Harmonising the content, processes and outcome measures of a women’s cancer research program in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, in collaboration with Prof. Alexandra McCarthy from The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 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​