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Saturday, August 1 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
S21: Online Psychological Therapeutic Interventions for People Affected by Cancer

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Access to appropriate psychological therapy can be problematic for individuals diagnosed with cancer and their partners, due to a range of barriers including lack of availability, distance, illness, cost and stigma1-3.  In response to these challenges and the recognised need to increase cancer patients’ and partners’ access to psychosocial care, recent psycho-oncology therapeutic interventions have aimed to emulate other areas of health care3, 4 by providing online therapeutic programs as an alternative or adjunct to conventional therapist-administered face-to-face psychosocial interventions.  This symposium aims to present an updated picture of emerging research examining the acceptability, feasibility, and efficacy of delivering online psychological interventions to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their partners.  Presentations will explore difficulties and benefits of delivering such interventions by reporting on five separate online psychological interventions aimed at different patient groups. 

Chair: Lisa Beatty
Discussant: Haryana Dhillon

S21-1: Finding My Way: Uptake and Satisfaction with an Internet Self-help Program for Cancer-related Distress, L. Beatty

S21-2: The Impact of an Online Psychological Support Program for Men with Prostate Cancer on Sexual Satisfaction: RCT Results from My Road Ahead, A. Wootten

S21-3: Feasibility and Pilot Testing of an Online Psychological Support Intervention for Partners of Men with Prostate Cancer, A. Wootten

S21-4: Improving Reach and Uptake of Psychosexual Support: Introducing Rekindle, a Web-based Psychosexual Resource for All Cancer Survivors and Their Partners, C. Lawsin

S21-5: e-TC: Development and Pilot Testing of an Online Psychosocial Intervention to Reduce Anxiety and Depression in Testicular Cancer Survivors, A. Smith

Saturday August 1, 2015 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Liberty Ballroom Meeting Level 4

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