Luzia Travado

Luzia Travado
Fundação Champalimaud · Champalimaud Clinical Center, Psycho-Oncology Unit

PhD

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July 1985 - October 2012
Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central
Position
  • Head of Clinical Psychology Team at Hospital S. José

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Publications (54)
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Greater inflammatory signaling has been shown to promote breast cancer disease progression and poorer clinical outcomes. Lower social support and social well-being have been related to greater inflammatory signaling and poorer clinical outcomes in women with non-metastatic breast cancer, and this appears to be independent of depression. However, li...
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PURPOSE Although new therapeutic options continue to improve disease-related outcomes in advanced breast cancer (ABC), enhanced focus is needed to improve quality of life for patients currently living with ABC. METHODS In November 2019, a multidisciplinary workshop to explore patient perceptions of their information and support needs was held at t...
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Background: Cancer and its treatment represent major stressors requiring that patients make multiple adaptations. Despite evidence that poor adaptation to stressors is associated with more distress and negative affect (NA), neuroimmune dysregulation and poorer health outcomes, current understanding is very limited of how NA covaries with central n...
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Young women with breast cancer are at higher risk for psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. Psychological distress negatively affects patients’ clinical outcomes. In this chapter, we review the course of adaptation across the illness trajectory, prevalence of psychosocial distress in younger women with breast cancer, potential r...
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Around 32–60% of breast cancer patients have high levels of distress related to the impact of their disease and treatment consequences on their lives. There is evidence that psychosocial care and interventions can reduce the emotional impact of cancer and improve the quality of life for women affected by breast cancer. Inequalities in cancer care a...
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Despite emerging evidence that distress and adversity can contribute to negative health outcomes in cancer, little is known about the brain networks, regions, or circuits that can contribute to individual differences in affect/distress states and health outcomes in treated cancer patients. To understand the state-of-the-science in this regard, we r...
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In recent decades cancer care has seen improvements in the speed and accuracy of diagnostic procedures; the effectiveness of surgery, radiation therapy and medical treatments; the power of information technology; and the development of multidisciplinary, specialist-led approaches to care. Such innovations are essential if we are to continue improvi...
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The 3rd International Consensus Conference for Breast Cancer in Young Women (BCY3) took place in November 2016, in Lugano, Switzerland organized by the European School of Oncology (ESO) and the European Society of Medical Oncologists (ESMO). Consensus recommendations for the management of breast cancer in young women were updated from BCY2 with inc...
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Cancer patients experience high levels of cancer-related distress, which may negatively impact on their clinical outcomes, such as survival and quality of life. Flattened diurnal cortisol rhythmicity is related with higher self-reported distress and has been shown to predict shorter survival among women with metastatic breast cancer (mBC). This cor...
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Consistent with the International Psycho-Oncology Society's (IPOS) vision and goals, we are committed to improving quality cancer care and cancer policies through psychosocial care globally. As part of IPOS's mission, upon entering "Official Relations" for a second term with the World Health Organisation (WHO), IPOS has dedicated much attention to...
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The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are publishing a new edition of the ESMO/ASCO Global Curriculum (GC) thanks to contribution of 64 ESMO-appointed and 32 ASCO-appointed authors. First published in 2004 and updated in 2010, the GC edition 2016 answers to the need for updated recomme...
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The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are publishing a new edition of the ESMO/ASCO Global Curriculum (GC) thanks to contribution of 64 ESMO-appointed and 32 ASCO-appointed authors. First published in 2004 and updated in 2010, the GC edition 2016 answers to the need for updated recomme...
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The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Human Rights Task Force has been working since 2008 to raise awareness and support, for the relevance of psychosocial cancer care as a human rights issue. In 2014 the “Lisbon Declaration: Psychosocial Cancer Care as a Universal Human Right” was fully endorsed by IPOS. Subsequently, the IPOS Standard...
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Background: The aim of the study was to understand the characteristics of the International Federation of Psycho-oncology Societies (FPOS) and possible disparities in providing psychosocial care in countries where psycho-oncology societies exist. Method: A survey was conducted among 29 leaders of 28 countries represented within the FPOS by using...
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Background: Cancer is a complex health problem requiring multidisciplinary care. There are clinical guidelines available in order to improve the process and outcomes of cancer care within Europe. However, strategic action is still needed in many European Union (EU) Member States to develop or improve national cancer control plans (NCCPs), which pl...
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The International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The growth of psychosocial oncology has been exponential, and this relatively new field is becoming a core service that focuses on prevention, reducing the burden of cancer, and enhancing the quality of life from time of diagnosis, through treatment, survivor...
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Background: The second President's Plenary at the 2013 International Psycho-oncology Society's World Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands aimed to progress and, where needed, initiate changes to achieve comprehensive cancer care. Recent initiatives have been driven by the need to see psychosocial care as an integrated part of holistic multidisci...
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Objective: This study addresses the meanings women with breast cancer attach to their illness within a cognitive-developmental framework. The aim of the present study was twofold: (i) to identify the content of women's meanings in five domains of breast cancer representation (identity, causes, consequences, timeline and controllability), and (ii)...
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Communication skills training for oncologists and cancer physicians in Portugal has received little attention in the past. Only more recently the interest for the skills of communication and the possibility of its training has raised attention in the medical community. GPs have shown more interest in this area and have included it in their residenc...
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Little is known of cancer rehabilitation needs in Europe. EUROCHIP-3 organised a group of experts to propose a list of population-based indicators used for describing cancer rehabilitation across Europe. The aim of this study is to present and discuss these indicators. A EUROCHIP-3 expert panel reached agreement on two types of indicators. (a) Canc...
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IntroductionThe European perspectiveThe US experienceThe Australian experienceThe experience of ‘Reach to Recovery’ in AsiaThe African perspectiveFinal commentsReferences
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The relationship between oncologists and their cancer patients is rapidly evolving. Oncologists and other cancer professionals master new anticancer and supportive treatment options, while working under increasing economic pressure and time constraints, and are often unprepared to deal with all the challenges of their new position in a therapeutic...
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In the last decade, some attention has been given to spirituality and faith and their role in cancer patients' coping. Few data are available about spirituality among cancer patients in Southern European countries, which have a big tradition of spirituality, namely, the Catholic religion. As part of a more general investigation (Southern European P...
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Although hopelessness has been studied in cancer, no data are available in non-English-speaking countries. The authors sought to amass data from Southern European countries (Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland) in order to fill this void. A group of 312 cancer patients completed the Mini-MAC Hopelessness subscale, the Hospital Anxiety and Depre...
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Over the past few decades, there has been growing support for the idea that cancer needs an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, the international cancer community has developed several strategies as outlined in the WHO non-communicable diseases Action Plan (which includes cancer control) as the World Health Assembly and the UICC World Cancer Dec...
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Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the European Union (EU), and a public health burden. Improving cancer control in the EU will require implementation of efficient strategies within Member States and better policy coordination between them. In cooperation between the rotating EU Presidencies of Germany (2007), Portugal (2007) and...
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Physician-patient communication is a critical factor for comprehensive care in oncology. Although a number of studies have been carried out in Northern Europe and the US on this subject, no data are available in Southern European countries. As a part of a multicenter Southern European Psycho-Oncology study (SEPOS), the present investigation was con...
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Recent literature has indicated the need for rapid evaluation of psychosocial issues secondary to cancer. Because of the problems of routine use of psychometric instruments, short instruments such as visual analogue scales or one-item 0-10 scales have been developed as valid assessment alternatives. A study was conducted to examine the role of two...
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Physician-patient communication is a critical factor for comprehensive care in oncology. Although a number of studies have been carried out in Northern Europe and the US on this subject, no data are available in Southern European countries. As a part of a multicenter Southern European Psycho-Oncology study (SEPOS), the present investigation was con...
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The detection of psychosocial distress is a significant communication problem in Southern Europe and other countries. Work in this area is hampered by a lack of data. Because not much is known about training aimed at improving the recognition of psychosocial disorders in cancer patients, we developed a basic course model for medical oncology profes...
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La comunicación entre médico y paciente es un factor crucial para un cuidado exhaustivo en oncología. Aunque en el norte de Europa y EEUU se han realizado varios estudios sobre esta materia, no existen datos provenientes de los países del sur de Europa. Como parte de un estudio psiconcológico en varios centros del sur de Europa (SEPOS, del inglés S...
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A few and partial data are available on psychosocial morbidity among cancer patients in Mediterranean countries. As a part of a more general investigation (Southern European Psycho-Oncology Study-SEPOS), the rate of psychosocial morbidity and its correlation with clinical and cultural variables were examined in cancer patients in Italy, Portugal an...
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Morbid obesity (MO) is a pathological type of obesity considered a serious health problem to the individuals who have it. Its treatment should be based on a biopsychosocial model of the individual and his/ her illness process for assuring short and long term treatment success. The psychological approach, cognitive-behaviour based, is structured alo...

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The EU-funded ONCORELIEF project is bringing together the latest technological advances and occupational psychology/health sciences. The project is developing a user-centered #AI system to create an intuitive smart digital assistant, called Guardian Angel. Not only will it provide personalised support in post-treatment activities and tasks, it will also suggest actions regarding the patients' overall health-status, improved well-being and active healthcare. Ultimately, the Guardian Angel will help the cancer survivor remain engaged on a wellness journey that will safeguard their health during the post-cancer treatment period. Find out more in the project website: www.oncorelief.eu
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I have been elected as the new Director of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), 2016-2021