The Center for Behavioral Oncology’s (CBO) research efforts focus on developing and testing compassionate, patient-centered, behavioral and mind-body interventions for issues including: symptom and side-effect management in cancer patients and survivors, promoting adherence to cancer screening and treatment, addressing modifiable behavioral risk factors for cancer, examining benefits of technology supported therapy interventions in cancer; and, working to understand psychosocial and cultural factors which influence individuals’ experiences of cancer care. The Center’s efforts span the cancer continuum, from prevention through survivorship, and include outreach to the community, to patients, and to providers.
Our faculty members are pursuing innovative and clinically significant research programs that include: reducing disparities in access to cancer screening, testing mind-body interventions (including cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnosis) to help patients manage cancer symptoms and side-effects and to promote cancer treatment adherence, therapeutic manipulation of circadian rhythm and its influence on depression and fatigue, exploring the impact of childhood sexual abuse on patients’ experiences of cancer and its treatment, and smoking cessation. The work is conducted in close collaboration with clinicians in Mount Sinai’s Departments of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, and Gastroenterology to name a few.
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