Psychological Aspects of Cancer

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Brian I. Carr, Jennifer Steel
Springer Science & Business Media, 2 dic. 2012 - 419 páginas
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Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management opens with two essays on the biological basis of emotion/mental-driven body processes and disease. The consequence of such considerations is that since thoughts and emotions can be modulated and changed by health care professionals, psychological counseling should be seen not only as a way to help patients cope, but possibly to influence the disease itself. A unique overview of a key area of cancer care, this important title then proceeds to offer a section on genetic predispositions to cancer and the psychological considerations involved in screening and pre-emptive therapies and decision-making in cancer therapy. A third section deals with the philosophical and religious underpinnings of psychological factors involved in coping with disease state stressors and the roles of hope in coping. The fourth section is an acknowledgement that patients with cancer live in a social context, which often includes a partner and/or caregiver. The fifth section includes several essays on aspects and modalities of care-giving that are designed to help patients coping with their cancer and its aftermath, which increasingly extends for years. An important title covering key aspects of one of the most troubling disorders of our time, Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management will provide the busy practitioner with cutting edge knowledge as well as practical information that can translate into better care for patients with cancer.

 

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Cancer Incidence Progression and Quality of Life
1
In fl ammation Chronic Disease and Cancer Is Psychological Distress the Common Thread?
13
Psychological Aspects of Hereditary Cancer Risk Counseling and Genetic Testing
31
Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer Psychosocial Aspects of Womens DecisionMaking
65
Decision Aids in Advanced Cancer
75
Cancer Fatalism Attitudes Toward Screening and Care
83
Positive Psychology Perspectives Across the Cancer Continuum Meaning Spirituality and Growth
101
Stress Coping and Hope
118
Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer
221
Quality of Life
255
Exercise for Cancer Patients Treatment of Side Effects and Quality of Life
279
Use of the Classic Hallucinogen Psilocybin for Treatment of Existential Distress Associated with Cancer
291
The Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Cancer Treatment
309
Psychological Factors and Survivorship A Focus on Posttreatment Cancer Survivors
327
Complementary MindBody Therapies in Cancer
347
EndofLife Communication in Cancer Care
361

Religiousness and Spirituality in Coping with Cancer
129
Controversies in PsychoOncology
156
Psychosocial Interventions for Couples Coping with Cancer A Systematic Review
177
The Impact of Cancer and Its Therapies on Body Image and Sexuality
199
Cancer Caregivership
213
The Intersection Between Cancer and Caregiver Survivorship
371
Resources for Cancer Patients
385
Bringing It All Together
395
Index
407
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