Experiences, ethics and practices

Research into the human and social care of cancer

Organisation 5 of the Cancéropôle Grand Ouest deals with cancer and human sciences with three words as sub-titles: "Experiences" concerning the attention given to those who are ill and their relations; "Ethics" for the importance of decisions whether medical or health-related; "Practices" meaning the efficiency and equity of care and sometimes the disquiet of those providing it.

The first motive for creating this organisation was that human and social sciences should be stakeholders in the fight against cancer. The aims were to encourage multi-centre research work, to pool means and to attract researchers in human and social sciences to the problems relating to cancer.

Today the network stretches from Brest to Orleans and combines sociology, psychology, philosophy, economy and biomathematics.