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Psycho-oncology integrates research and clinical wisdom across multiple disciplines -- including oncology, psychiatry, psychology, surgery, radiotherapy and palliative care, among others -- in the service of educating oncologists, physicians, psychiatrists and other mental health care providers, and hospital chaplains about the psychological and psychosocial challenges faced by patients with neoplastic disorders. As cancer treatment has improved, the number of patients deemed "cancer survivors" has grown, along with their more complex, long-term mental health issues. This book assists care providers in meeting the challenge presented by this population. Written by international experts in psycho-oncology, the volume offers a compact overview of the clinical elements in this field, with a primary focus on the biopsychosocial aspects of individuals with cancer as well as their families and important people in their lives. Its "bench-to-bedside" approach ensures that the techniques presented are evidence-based, practical, and effective. The following are among the book's many helpful features:  The chapters are designed to stand alone, to be shared or consulted as needed, but they also develop a coherent and sequential discussion about management of the patient with cancer, as well as concerns involving the patient's family. Thus, the book as a whole serves as a comprehensive textbook in the field. The book's structure is based on psychosocial staging, much as the disease itself is staged, and progresses from discovery to initial diagnosis, treatment intervention, remission, and so forth. Each phase has its own challenges -- for patient, family, and care provider -- and supportive strategies are offered. Because identifying those patients in need of support and treatment intervention is critical, the authors provide screening techniques, as well as an entire chapter devoted to quality of life assessment, to help clinicians recognize struggling patients and alleviate their distress.  A final chapter addresses developing trends in psycho-oncology and suggests that international standards of care for the cancer patient must include competent and compassionate psychosocial assessment and treatment. Concise and clinically focused, yet addressing the broad issues as well, Psycho-oncology offers cutting-edge information and invaluable assistance to physicians and mental health professionals responsible for managing patients, and the families of patients, with neoplastic more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 419.99g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 4 Illustrations, color; 9 Line drawings, unspecified; 39 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624233
  • 9781585624232

About Thomas N. Wise

Thomas N. Wise, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Behavioral Services, Inova Health Systems, Fairfax, Virginia.Massimo Biondi, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Policlinico Umberto I, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.Anna Costantini, Ph.D., is Director, Psycho-oncology Unit, and Professor of Psycho-oncology, Department of Oncological Sciences, Sant' Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, more

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Advances in early intervention and cancer treatment have led to an increasing number of cancer survivors who face long-term psychological challenges in dealing with their disease. Psycho-Oncology was written to assist oncologists, physicians, psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, and hospital chaplains in understanding and offering supportive treatment to the more than 40% of individuals who will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Living with the threat of recurrence, undergoing lifesaving, but traumatic and possibly disfiguring treatment, explaining the disease to others -- these are some of the psychological and psychosocial issues addressed by this groundbreaking book. In clear, accessible language, Psycho-Oncology takes the reader through the predictable emotions and psychological challenges that may be encountered by patients and their families, with neoplastic disorders over the course of their treatment -- from diagnosis to end-of-life decisions. Comprehensive cancer care requires consideration of all psychosocial domains in evaluation and treatment, and Psycho-Oncology directly addresses these needs by providing ways to identify, and effectively treat, patients in distress. Compassionate and current, the book is an indispensable resource to all who provide health care or minister to the needs of oncology more

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A specific strength with this volume is the focus on how clinicians can understand and assist not just the patient, but also families of patients. * Laura B. Dunn, MD, Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 20, No. 6 *show more

Table of contents

ContributorsIntroductionChapter 1. The Crisis of Discovery: Psychological and Psychopathological Reaction to the DiseaseChapter 2. Cancer: A Family AffairChapter 3. Communicating With Cancer Patients and Their FamiliesChapter 4. Demoralization and Depression in CancerChapter 5. Counseling and Specific Psychological Treatments in Common Clinical Settings: An OverviewChapter 6. Genetic Counseling and Testing for Hereditary Cancers: Psychosocial ConsiderationsChapter 7. Dimensional Psychopharmacology of the Cancer PatientChapter 8. Advancing Medical Education in Existential Dimensions of Advanced Cancer and Palliative CareChapter 9. Rapid Psychometric Assessment of Distress and DepressionChapter 10. The Value of Quality of Life Assessment in Cancer PatientsChapter 11. Support of the Dying Patient: Psychological Issues and CommunicationChapter 12. Psycho-Oncology and Optimal Standards of Cancer Care: Developments, Multidisciplinary Team Approach, and International GuidelinesIndexshow more