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Cancer Research Journals

Originally published on April 25, 2012
Most recently updated on May 13, 2016

These publications are peer reviewed journals addressing various disciplines of clinical and psycho-social care of children and families, including those with brain tumors and cancer. They are for both professionals and patient/caregiver audiences. Please note that most journals do not release free articles to the public until a year after their publication, but most can be obtained free of cost through a library database.

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Editor: Robert E. Enck

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine® offers physicians, nurses, psychologists/psychiatrists, pastoral care professionals, hospice administrators, and related health care professionals high-quality, practical, and multidisciplinary information on the medical, administrative, and psychosocial aspects of hospice and palliative care.


Editor: Fadlo R. Khuri, MD

CANCER is a monthly publication that reviews interdisciplinary oncologic information as related to most diseases and bodily functions affected by cancer.  It provides information geared towards medical professionals who work closely in the field of oncology.

Children’s Health Care

Editor: Kenneth J. Tarnowski, Ph.D.

Children’s Health Care is a monthly publication which addresses family-centered, developmental, and psychosocial issues in children’s health care as it pertains to the healthcare setting.  It promotes the collaboration of parents with various medical professions including nursing, child life, psychology, social work, and other related disciplines.

Current Problems in Cancer

Editor: Peter A. S. Johnstone, MD, FACR

Each bimonthly issue of Current Problems in Cancer presents an in-depth discussion of one topic, usually focused on the integrated management of a particular type of cancer or on a problem faced in a wide variety of malignancies. Issues may include a particular category of drugs, an emerging interventional technique, or rehabilitation.

Integrative Cancer Therapies

Editor: Keith I. Block, MD

Integrative Cancer Therapies is a monthly publication that  emphasizes scientific understanding of alternative medicine and traditional medicine therapies, and their responsible integration with conventional health care. Integrative care includes therapeutic interventions in diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress care, and nutritional supplements, as well as experimental vaccines, chrono-chemotherapy, and other advanced treatments.

Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

Editor: Leonard S. Sender, MD

Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO)  is a quarterly published journal which  is dedicated to the adolescent and young adult-aged oncology (AYAO) patient population.  JAYAO covers multidisciplinary issues specific to AYAO patients and survivors such as; diagnosis, clinical trials, therapeutic approaches, oncofertility, psychosocial issues, survivorship, and quality of life.

Journal of Cancer

Editors: Yan-Gao Man, MD., PhD., and Naoto T. Ueno, MD., PhD.

Journal of Cancer is an open access, peer-reviewed international journal with broad scope covering all areas of cancer research, focusing on novel concepts, new methods, new regimens, new therapeutic agents, and alternative approaches for early detection and intervention of cancer.

Journal of Child Neurology

Editor: Roger A. Brumback, MD

The Journal of Child Neurology (JCN) is a monthly, clinically based publication that publishes articles in the fields of child neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric neuroradiology, child psychiatry, pediatric neuropsychology, developmental and behavior pediatrics, pediatric neuroscience, and developmental neurobiology.

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Editor: Stephen A. Cannistra, MD

The Journal of Clinical Oncology educates its reader by discussing current and significant clinical oncology research. Original Reports are the main way of disseminating information but also contains editorials, commentaries, reviews, and other work that is related to the care of patients with cancer. 

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Editor: Robert L. Greene

This bi-monthly journal publishes original experimental studies on basic processes of cognition, learning, memory, imagery, concept formation, problem solving, decision making, thinking, reading, and language processing.

Journal of Holistic Nursing

Editor: W. Richard Cowling III, RN, PhD, APRN-BC

Journal of Holistic Nursing (JHN) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal with a focus on integrating holistic health concepts with traditional Western medicine. JHN provides a forum for caring and innovative nurses in clinical practice, research, individual wellness practice, and academia to exchange critical information, share clinical and personal experiences, and communicate research pertaining to nursing practice, health care, wellness, healing, and human potential.

Journal of Oncology

Editors: Thomas E. Adrian, Aglietta, M., Baguley, B., Balm, A.J.M., et. al…

Journal of Oncology is an open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of oncology.

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Editor: Nancy E. Kline, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

This bi-monthly publication provides original, peer-reviewed research intended to advance clinical nursing care of children with cancer and their families. Emphasis is on holistic, family-centered care. Features include sections on clinical issues, education, research, pharmacology, ethical issues, and media.

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Editor: Dennis Drotar, PhD

The Journal of Pediatric Psychology publishes articles related to theory, research, and professional practice in pediatric psychology.  Some articles include psychological and developmental effects of children affected by certain illnesses, including cancer.


Editor: Stephen M. Rao

Neuropsychology is published bi-monthly and includes  primarily original, empirical research on the relation between brain and   human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral function.

PAIN : The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain

Editor: Allan I. Basbaum

This journal is the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain and publishes original research on the nature, mechanisms and treatment of pain. The journal provides a forum for the dissemination of research in the basic and clinical sciences of multidisciplinary interest.

Palliative and Supportive Care

Editor: Teresa Carpenter

Palliative & Supportive Care is a monthly published international journal of palliative medicine that focuses on the psychiatric, psychosocial, spiritual, existential, ethical, and philosophical aspects of palliative care.


Editor: Lewis R. First

Pediatrics is a monthly publication and is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It publishes original research, clinical observations, and special feature articles in the field of pediatrics with a broad range of contributions related to fields such as nutrition, surgery, dentistry, public health, child health services, human genetics, basic sciences, psychology, psychiatry, education, sociology, and nursing.

Qualitative Health Research

Editor: Janice M. Morse, RN, PhD,FAAN

Qualitative Health Research (QHR) is an international and interdisciplinary monthly publication designed to further the development and understanding of qualitative research methods in health care settings. The journal is used as a resource for researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, and others in the health and social service professions, and graduate students who seek examples of qualitative methods.

Quality of Life Research

Editors: Dennis A. Revicki and Carolyn E. Schwartz

Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary, monthly published journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life, in all the health sciences.

Supportive Care in Cancer

Editor: Fred Ashbury

Supportive Care in Cancer aims to provide a wide range of professional disciplines as well as interested individuals with up to date scientific and social information on all supportive care in cancer patients, focusing mostly on medical, technical, and surgical topics.


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