Cancer and Palliative Care Key Researchers

Prof. Carmen Chan

Prof. Carmen Chan’s current research focuses on the strategies to enhance cancer and palliative care. Palliative care is a broad concept, aiming at improving the quality of life of patients facing a life-threatening illness through effective symptom management and ensuring a dignified death. Most of her research studies focus on cancer symptom management targeting on the management of fatigue, nausea and vomiting, mucositis, breathlessness, endocrine symptoms and sexual dysfunction, from basic science to the application of symptom management interventions. Besides, Prof. Chan has been active in promoting advance care planning and advance directives among Chinese population. She has previously conducted a large scale population survey to examine the factors that would enhance or hamper the acceptability of advance directives among Chinese patients, as well as identifying the strategies that can be employed to increase the utilisation of advance directives.




Prof. Winnie So

The research interests of Prof. Winnie So lie in health promotion and disease prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities, with a particular focus on enhancing their awareness and utilisation of cancer screening to achieve effective cancer prevention. Through collaboration with South Asian community organisations, Prof. So has conducted community-based projects involving the delivery of health awareness programmes to promote the utilisation of screening for various cancer types, including breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, among South Asians in Hong Kong.  Through the projects, a website has been developed to disseminate information on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. It is noted that these studies have also provided clues to the development of strategies to enhance the effectiveness in the delivery of health awareness programmes. In addition, Prof. So is also dedicated to investigating the symptom experience and unmet supportive care needs of cancer patients, and the effect of these symptoms on patients’ quality of life. Her research in these areas have contributed to identifying potential strategies for effective symptom management among cancer patients.




Prof. Ka Ming Chow

Prof. Ka Ming Chow’s research interest focuses on psychosocial care and symptom control for oncology patients, in particular sexuality care for gynaecological cancer patients, thus providing clues to the development of strategies for enhancing sexual health and psychosocial care for these patients. She is engaged in the exploration of sexual symptoms experienced by patients who have completed gynaecological cancer treatment, as well as investigating the effect of these sexual symptoms on their psychological and functional well-being. Prof. Chow has also conducted interventional studies, through which rehabilitation and psycho-educational programmes have been developed to address the psychological issues and sexual dysfunction of gynaecological cancer patients. Such studies have provided evidence showing the potential of implementing these programmes to improve sexuality and psychosocial care for gynaecological cancer patients during their rehabilitation. Moreover, she has undertaken studies involving the translation of existing instruments for assessing sexual function of gynaecological cancer patients and the assessment of their psychometric properties, thus facilitating the use of these instruments among Chinese populations. In addition to nursing research, Prof. Chow has also conducted studies to identify strategies for promoting nursing education, including the development of a simulation-based learning strategy for undergraduate nursing students.




Prof. Cho Lee Wong

Prof. Cho Lee Wong’s current research focuses on the area of paediatric care. Specifically, her research involves the examination of the acceptability and effectiveness of virtual reality interventions in reducing the physical and psychological distress of paediatric patients undergoing various medical procedures. Her research has contributed to informing the potential and cost-effectiveness of implementing these interventions for the care of paediatric patients. Prof. Wong has also engaged in research promoting disease prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities. She has conducted studies involving the development of multimedia educational interventions to increase South Asian construction workers’ awareness of the strategies for preventing pneumoconiosis, a common disease among construction workers. Prof. Wong is currently conducting a study to examine the effectiveness and potential utility of a community health worker-led intervention in promoting cancer screening utilisation among South Asian ethnic minorities in Hong Kong.




Prof. Dorothy Chan

Prof. Dorothy Chan’s research is primarily centred on factors affecting cancer screening behaviours of individuals. She is interested in identifying facilitators and barriers to cancer screening uptake among individuals. Previously, she has conducted a study to explore factors affecting cervical cancer screening uptake among South Asian ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The study has provided clues to the development of strategies to enhance the utilisation of cervical cancer screening among this population group. Moreover, Prof. Chan was also involved in the implementation of community-based educational programmes for disseminating health information to promote cancer prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities. Currently, she is conducting a population-based study to investigate colorectal cancer screening uptake among Chinese adults in Hong Kong.