Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Biopsychosocial Oncology

What is Biopsychosocial Oncology?

  • Biopsychosocial Oncology is an area of scientific inquiry that encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to oncology. It recognizes the interplay of biology, psychology, emotion, social and cultural factors on the initiation, progression and treatment of cancer.
  • The BPSO Shared Resource provides expertise on the incorporation of this approach into research for Cancer Center members.

The Biopsychosocial Oncology Shared Resource provides expertise in the design and implementation of social science research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The main goal of this Shared Resource is to assist Cancer Center Members in:

  • Incorporating biopsychosocial measures into their new or existing protocols (psychological and psychiatric screening; behavioral, social and behavioral measures).
  • Assisting members in developing their psychosocial intervention ideas into a testable research protocol.
  • Providing guidance on ways to implement biobehavioral protocols in a socially and culturally sensitive manner.

The Biopsychosocial Oncology Shared Resource facilitates psychological-behavioral research on:

  • Quality of life, mood, stress, personality, coping, social support, spirituality and other psychological and social processes.
  • Risk, screening, and health behaviors.
  • Interventions to impact these variables.
  • Indicators designed to illuminate underlying biobehavioral processes.

  • BPSO aims to help Cancer Center researchers integrate the human side of a cancer diagnosis into their research, based on the recognition that we cannot understand the causes or progression of cancer without also understanding the human host in which cancer cells reside.
  • Research shows that there are complex interactions between the immune system, neuroendocrine system, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and the social context.
  • BPSO staff members assist investigators in their efforts to incorporate psychological measures into their research in order to help capture the impact of thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and the social context on patients.

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Clinical Research Building, 1514
1120 N.W. 14 St., Miami, FL 33136

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