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 utilisation of evidence-based knowledge.
Its main research priorities include:
- Advancing the knowledge and evidence-based practice on cancer and palliative care;
- Development of strategies and interventions for effective cancer prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities and symptom management for patients with cancer and other advanced illnesses; and
- Promoting the knowledge and acceptability of advance care planning and advance directive among the population in Hong Kong.
Prof. Chow Ka Ming’s research focuses on psychosocial care and symptom control for oncology patients, in particular sexuality care for gynaecological cancer patients. Her early studies explored sexual symptoms experienced by patients who had completed gynaecological cancer treatment and highlighted the negative effects of these sexual symptoms on their psychological and functional well-being. Recently, Prof. Chow’s randomised controlled trials supported the efficacy of psychosexual rehabilitation and psycho-educational programmes in improving sexuality and psychosocial care for these patients. She has been trained as a sexuality counsellor at the University of Michigan.
Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation Professor of Nursing / Vice-Director of Education
Assistant Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine
Prof. Carmen Chan’s integrated scholarship in cancer and palliative care has broadly impacted nursing education, the clinicians, patients, families, and the community. Her key research areas include cancer screening, symptom management, and the promotion of advance care planning. Her research team conducted several large-scale community roadshows and published a health manual to promote advance care planning. By using the concept mapping approach, Prof. Chan has established the first concept map to predict and explain the uptake of advance directive in Hong Kong.
Assistant Dean (Alumni Affairs), Faculty of Medicine
Prof. William Li has developed a strong research interest in the field of paediatric oncology. He conducted a number of paediatric oncology studies including the impact of cancer and its treatment on children’s physical and psychological well-being, developing and evaluating psychological interventions for children with cancer and those who survived cancer. Recently, his research team has conducted several studies on resilience, with the aim of improving resilience, psychological well-being, and quality of life in children with cancer and their parents.
Prof. Winnie So’s research focuses on the promotion of awareness of the strategies for cancer prevention and screening among South Asian ethnic minorities. She conducted community-based projects involving the development of programmes to raise the ethnic minorities’ awareness of the importance of cancer screening utilisation and how cancer screening services can be accessed. Her recent cluster-randomised controlled trial demonstrated the benefits of using family-based and multimedia approaches in promoting colorectal cancer screening utilisation among South Asian older adults.
Prof. Wong Cho Lee’s research focuses on paediatric care and disease prevention among South Asian ethnic minorities. Her research supported the efficacy of virtual reality interventions in reducing the physical and psychological distress among paediatric patients undergoing various medical procedures. Her recent randomised controlled trials demonstrated the beneficial effects of a multimedia educational intervention on enhancing South Asian construction workers’ awareness of pneumoconiosis prevention and suggested the efficacy of a community health worker-led intervention in improving South Asian women’s cervical cancer screening uptake.
Prof. Dorothy Chan’s research interest focuses on cancer prevention and screening and model development. She has participated in health-related projects to explore factors associated with people’s cervical and colorectal cancer screening behaviours. These study findings provide evidence for the development of cultural relevant interventions for people who need screening. Moreover, she also explores the means to improve the adoption of cancer prevention strategies such as HPV vaccination among ethnic minority girls to improve their vaccine uptake.
Research Assistant Professor
The research of Prof. Marques Ng focuses on supportive care for patients with renal failure. In his PhD thesis, he examined the experiences of symptom clusters among this group of patients that provided novel evidence about renal symptomatology. Recently, he has been conducting studies to explore psychosocial well-being of these patients using innovative concepts, such as hope and social capital. Prof. Ng also possesses expertise in mixed methods research. He has completed training at the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Programme.
|Project Title||Funding Source||Principal Investigator||Project Period|
|Effects of immersive virtual reality for alleviating anxiety, nausea and vomiting among paediatric cancer patients receiving their first chemotherapy: A randomised controlled trial||Health and Medical Research Fund||WONG Cho Lee, Jojo||2022–2024|
|The effects of motivational interviewing on promoting human papillomavirus vaccination intention, initiation and completion among South Asian mother/daughter dyads: A pilot randomised controlled trial||Health and Medical Research Fund – Research Fellowship Scheme||CHAN Ngo Sheung, Dorothy||2022–2024|
|Identifying social capital for family caregiving in chronic organ failure: A concept mapping study||Public Policy Research Funding Scheme||NG Shek Nam, Marques||2021–2022|
|Effects of immersive virtual reality for preventing and managing anxiety, nausea and vomiting among paediatric cancer patients receiving their first chemotherapy: An exploratory trial||Health and Medical Research Fund||WONG Cho Lee, Jojo||2019–2022|
|Rebuilding sexuality and intimacy after treatment for gynaecological cancer, through a nurse-led sexual rehabilitation intervention: a randomised controlled trial||Health and Medical Research Fund – Research Fellowship Scheme||CHOW Ka Ming||2019–2021|
|Effects of immersive virtual reality as a distraction intervention for paediatric cancer patients receiving their first chemotherapy: A randomised controlled pilot trial||Early Career Scheme||WONG Cho Lee, Jojo||2019–2021|
|Effect of a family-based multimedia intervention on the uptake of colorectal cancer screening among South Asian older adults in Hong Kong: A randomised control trial||Health Care and Promotion Scheme||SO Kwok Wei, Winnie||2018–2021|
|Harmonising principles, processes and outcome measures to enable culturally-specific health promotion after breast cancer||Catalyst Seeding Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand||CHAN YIP Wing Han, Carmen||2018–2019|
|A tailor-made exercise program to reduce fatigue and depressive symptoms, and enhance self-esteem and quality of life among Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors||Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Exercise||LI Ho Cheung, William||2018–2019|
|A practice model to enhance the provision of nursing care to manage sexuality issues in gynecological cancer patients in Hong Kong||General Research Fund||CHOW Ka Ming||2017–2018|
International Research Collaborations
|An international and interdisciplinary research collaboration for noncommunicable disease prevention using mHealth: A pilot study among Indian migrants in Hong Kong, in collaboration with Prof. Shelby Garner, Baylor University, United States|
|Harmonising the content, processes and outcome measures of a women’s cancer research programme in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, in collaboration with Prof. Alexandra McCarthy from The University of Queensland, Australia|
|Investigating the role of nurse in managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting – An international survey, in collaboration with faculty members from Australia, Colombia, and mainland China|