Human and Social Sciences Program

The Human and Social Sciences (HSS) regroup many different disciplines: economy, psychology, cognitive and affective sciences, sociology, philosophy, ethic, political sciences, linguistics, law, communication sciences, and history. Those disciplines are investigating on one hand, society and social management issues (politics of prevention and public health policy), and on the other hand, matters centered on the patient itself and his personalized care in oncology (emotional state, quality of life…)

A privileged position for HSS into ONCOLille

ONCOLille has the vocation to initiate, develop and strengthen scientific cooperations on cancer research at the local, national and international level. This innovative project is articulated on two specific scientific programs investigating fundamental issues of oncology: the tumor resistance to treatment and the tumor dormancy/resilience after a remission period.

In synergy with those two programs, the HSS program is highly supported by ONCOLille and has the objective, in a transversal and dynamic manner, to analyze and understand the individual and collective processes involved in the tumor resistance and dormancy. It has also the ambition to be a major actor to promote and improve the psycho-social and clinical support, the emotional adjustment and the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer and their relatives. A particular attention is also focused on the post-treatment monitoring phase and the reintegration of patients into the community.

The promotion of HSS projects in Cancer research is strongly supported by ONCOLille in partnership with the INCa at the national level, the Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest at the inter-regional level, the Hauts-de France regional council and at the local level, the University of Lille and the other research organizations (CNRS and INSERM).

ONCOLille HSS research program

This Program is associated with the two other research program to explore the individual and collectives processes implicated in the tumor resistance and dormancy phenomenon.

Four themes are particularly investigated:

  • Identify and model the socio-economic, cognitive and emotional determinants implied in the over incidence of cancer and the delay to diagnosis
  • Develop robust tools to analyze the personal experience of the patient and their relatives
  • Improve the quality of the illness announcement and patient care pathway
  • Develop new interventional methods in psychology, clinical medicine and therapeutics to improve the personalized care pathways of patient with cancer from the diagnosis to the post-treatment monitoring phase (announcement, stress and anxiety management, medical empathy…)

Example of projects supported by the ONCOLille HSS research program

  • KALICOU project: Breast cancer impact on the quality of life of young woman, her partner and their couple.
  • EMP+ project: Moderators of the link between empathy and patient positive outcomes in digestive and bronchopulmonary cancer patients.
  • RECIKOG project: Geographic and socio-economic inequalities and risk of recurrence of gastro-oesophageal cancer.

Outcome for the society:

  • Assist the public health policy
  • Develop analytical tools of the patient personal experience
  • Improve the patient quality of life and care all along the therapeutic care pathway

Outcome for research

  • Better understanding of the individual and collective determinant of cancer disease
  • Evaluate the illness impact on the adjustment of the patient, their relatives and the medical staff
  • Improve the exchange between HSS and clinical teams to galvanize interdisciplinary projects
  • Promote the HSS research transfer toward application to improve patient care and quality of life

Concerned disciplines

Psychology, cognitive and affective sciences, economical sciences, Communication sciences, applied mathematics, demography, ethics

Training proposed by the University of Lille – Human and Social Sciences

  • Master of psychopathology and health psychology: option: “psychopathology, clinical and therapeutic approach” – Pr. P. Antoine
  • Master of health engineering: “coordination of health care trajectories” (co-training between University of Lille HSS and University of Lille Law and health – Pr. F. Puisieux