Cancer brings with it tremendous psychological emotional and social distress both to the individuals touched by the disease as well as their families. Research evidence suggests that 3 out of 5 (nearly 60%) cancer patients suffer from severe psychological distress warranting professional psychological intervention. In recognition of this felt-need, a new field of science emerged in the late 1970s the field of Psycho-oncology.

While premier cancer centres across the world have integrated psycho-social oncology into mainstream cancer care, the field, unfortunately, is still in its infancy in India.

It is against this background, that the CENTRE OF PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY for EDUCATION and RESEARCH (COPER) and HCG, have made a pioneering effort to set up a centre of excellence in Bangalore. The centre was initially setup by the Department of the Science and Technology (IRHPA scheme) and is an associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.