The Research

Our research, and that of others, shows that all stages of this work can stimulate substantial improvements in quality of life (e.g. less anxiety and depression, more sense of control, better communication with other people). There is also a growing body of evidence, which our own clinical experience supports, that psychological self-help work can prolong life and even bring about unexpected remissions in some cases, although this cannot, of course, be guaranteed.

Recent Publications

Alastair J Cunningham, O.C., Ph.D., C.Psych.
Kimberly Watson, M.A. (2004) How psychological therapy may prolong survival in cancer patients: new evidence and a simple theory.   Integrative Cancer Therapies 3(3):214-229.

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Cunningham, A.J., Phillips, C., Stephen, J., and Edmonds, C. (2002) Fighting for Life: A Qualitative Analysis of the Process of Psychotherapy-Assisted Self-Help in Patients With Metastatic Cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies 1(2):146-161.

Cunningham, A.J., Phillips, C., Lockwood, G.A., Hedley, D. and Edmonds, C.V.I. (2000) Association of involvement in psychological self help with longer survival in patients with metastatic cancer: An exploratory study. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine , 16:276-294.

Cunningham, A.J., Edmonds, C.V.I., Phillips, C., Soots, K.I., Hedley, D. and Lockwood, G.A . (2000) A prospective, longitudinal study of the relationship of psychological work to duration of survival in patients with metastatic cancer . Psycho-oncology, 9:323-339


Other Selected Publications by Dr. A. J. Cunningham & colleagues in the mind-cancer field:

Edmonds, C.V.I., Phillips, C. and Cunningham, A.J. (2000) The focused mind: hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and meditation. In Barraclough, J. (Ed). "Integrated Cancer Care: Holistic, Complementary and Creative Approaches". Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press, pp. 155-172.

Cunningham, A.J., Stephen, J.E., Phillips, C. and Watson, K.D. (2000). Psychospiritual therapy. In Barraclough, J. (Ed). "Integrated Cancer Care: Holistic, Complementary and Creative Approaches". Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press, pp. 173-186.

Edmonds, C.V.I., Lockwood, G.A. and Cunningham, A.J. (1999) Psychological response to long term group therapy: a randomized trial for metastatic breast cancer patients. Psycho-oncology, 8:74-91.

Cunningham, A.J. and Edmonds, C.V.I. (1999) Delivering a very brief psycho-educational program to cancer patients and family members in a large group format. Psycho-oncology, 8:177-182.

Cunningham, A.J., Edmonds, C.V.I, Jenkins G, Pollack H., Tritchler D., Lockwood G., Warr D. (1998). A randomised controlled trial of the effects on survival of group psychological therapy for women with metastatic breast cancer. Psycho-oncology, 7:508-517.

Cunningham, A.J. and Edmonds, C.V.I. (1996). Group psychological therapy for cancer patients: a point of view, and discussion of the hierarchy of options. Int. J. Psychiatry in Med., 26:51-82.

Cunningham, A.J., Edmonds, C.V.I., Jenkins, G. and Lockwood G.A. (1995). A randomised comparison of two forms of a brief, group, psychoeducational program for cancer patients: weekly sessions versus a "weekend intensive". Internat. J. Psychiat. in Med., 25:171-187.

Cunningham A.J. (1995). Group psychological therapy for cancer patients: a brief discussion of indications for its use, and the range of interventions available. Supportive Care in Cancer. 3:244-247.

Cunningham, A.J. (1995). Pies, levels and languages: why the contribution of mind to health and disease has been underestimated. Advances, 11:4-30.

Cunningham, A.J., Lockwood G.A. and Edmonds C.V.I (1993). Which cancer patients benefit most from a brief, group, coping skills program? Internat. J. Psychiat. in Med., 23:383-398.

Cunningham, A.J., Lockwood, G.A. and Cunningham, J.A. (1991) A relationship between perceived self-efficacy and quality of life in cancer patients. Patient Education and Counselling, 17:71-78.

Cunningham, A.J. (1990) Psychological events and the "spontaneous" regression of cancer? Humane Medicine, 6:260-263.

Cunningham, A.J., Edmonds, C.V.I., Hampson, A.W., Hanson, H., Hovanec, M., Jenkins, G. and Tocco, E.K. (1991). H elping cancer patients cope with and combat, their disease: a group psychoeducational program. Advances, 7:41-56.

Cunningham, A.J. and Tocco, E.K. (1989). A randomized trial of group psychoeducational therapy for cancer patients. Patient Education and Counselling, 14:101-114.

Cunningham, A.J. (1988). "From neglect to support to coping: the evolution of psychosocial intervention for cancer patients". In Cooper, C.L. (Ed.) "Stress and Breast Cancer". John Wiley and Sons, N.Y., pp. 135-154.

Cunningham, A.J. (1986). Information and health in the many levels of man. Towards a more comprehensive theory of health and disease. Advances, 3:32-45.

Cunningham, A.J. (1984) Psychotherapy for cancer: a review. Advances, 1:8-14.


-- (Earlier publications were in the area of immunological research.) --



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