Handbook of Psychooncology

Handbook of Psychooncology : Psychological Care of the Patient with Cancer

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Written for oncologists, nurses and mental health professionals, this comprehensive volume is the first handbook to present information on the full range of psychological, social and psychiatric problems facing cancer patients, their families and health care staff. The book brings together a wealth of information, providing a guide to this rapidly growing field. It offers key studies in such areas as how patients cope with cancer; the psychological problems associated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy; the psychosocial problems associated with specific tumours; normal adaption patterns; common psychiatric complications and their treatment; the management of pain, nausea and vomiting; and sexual problems. It also includes full coverage, complete with "how-to" guidance, on the unique problems of childhood cancer and cancer in the elderly; AIDS; how oncology staff cope with the stresses of care; and common difficulties arising from legal and ethical considerations. The final section outlines research issues in assessing quality of life and psychosocial function and offers an evaluation of their relative value.
The product of a decade of clinical experience and research at the Psychiatry Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, this fully integrated work incudes many tables that are particularly useful in teaching and lecturing.
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  • Hardback | 830 pages
  • 193.04 x 256.54 x 45.72mm | 1,678.28g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195043081
  • 9780195043082

Table of contents

Part I: Social factors and adaptation; Part II: Psychological factors and adaptation; Part III: Medical factors and adaptation: Stage-specific psychological issues; Treatment-specific psychological issues; Site-specific psychological issues; Part IV: Common psychiatric disorders and their management; Part V: Central nervous system complications of cancer; Part VII: Therapeutic interventions; Part VIII: Childhood cancer: Psychological issues and their management; Part IX: Family adaptation; Part X: Oncology staff: Psychological and ethical issues; Part XI: Psychosocial considerations in cancer cause and survival; Part XII: Research methods in psychooncology.
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