Special Issue Title:

Psycho-Oncology: Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer in Men

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor

  • Guest Editor

    Monika Rucinska, MD, PhDE-MailWebsite

    Department of Oncology, Collegium Medicum, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland

    Interests: Psycho-oncology; Prostate cancer; Cancer prevention; Non-medical needs of cancer patients; Quality of life; palliative medicine

  • Guest Editor

    Karolina Osowiecka, PhDE-MailWebsite

    Department of Psychology and Sociology of Health and Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland

    Interests: Public health; Cancer prevention; Non-medical needs of cancer patients; Quality of life

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020. The most common cancers in men are prostate, lung, colon and rectal cancer. A diagnosis of cancer is a difficult and stressful time for patients and influences their emotional well-being. Patients often experience anxiety and shock at the time of diagnosis. Existential questions, self-blame, fears for the future and loss of control usually accompanies cancer patients during examinations and illness. Cancer diagnostic procedures and severe, strenuous, prolonged treatment affect the physical, emotional and social status of these patients. The cancer itself, and the ensuing oncological treatment, reduce the patients’ quality of life. There is some evidence that psychological distress, especially depression, leads to a poorer prognosis in cancer patients.

Psycho-oncology is a relatively new interdisciplinary field which deals with the psychological, social and behavioral aspects of cancer. It addresses the psychological responses of patients and their families and relatives to cancer. The psycho-oncological therapeutic approach has become a key tool in the care of cancer patients, helping to improve physical and psychological symptoms and enhancing quality of life.

This special issue of the Journal of Men’s Health (JOMH) focuses on the current state of knowledge in psych-oncology in the male cancer population. Papers addressing various psychological aspects of cancer in men, their problems during treatment and palliative care, and after treatment during follow-up in cancer survivors are invited (original studies and reviews).

Dr. Monika Rucinska and Dr. Karolina Osowiecka

Guest Editors


Psycho-oncology; Cancer; Quality of life; Psychosocial; Behavior; Coping; Stress; Palliative medicine; Supportive care; Survivors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. JOMH is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, JOMH will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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