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Overview

An extensively updated and extended new edition of this highly successful book on how cancer affects every individual within a family and has a major impact on the family structure itself. It covers a very broad range of topics from sexual problems to how children view cancer (in their parents, their siblings and in themselves).

Cancer remains one of the most common and serious diseases at the dawn of the new millennium, and since the publication of the first, highly successful edition, great strides have been made as research and clinical studies have shed new light on the important role of the family in cancer. This new edition incorporates this new knowledge and discusses areas such as:

* The role of culture and belief systems

* Specific family intervention

* The impact of genetics on the response of patients and their families to cancer

The editors and authors of this second edition have succeeded in providing a refreshing and comprehensive view of the issues confronting families around the world when one of their members is diagnosed with cancer.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles F. von Gunten
This is a multiauthored book on the psychosocial issues of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients and their families. The authors are predominantly drawn from major cancer hospitals internationally. The book is meant to summarize the research base for psychosocial oncology, particularly as it relates to families of cancer patients. This is a relatively neglected area in contemporary oncology. The book is a primarily a reference work summarizing research in the field of psycho-oncology and families. It will be most useful for specialists and researchers in the field rather than those working in the clinical practice of oncology. The book is of average quality for this genre of book. Each of the chapters is written as a summary of the author's research and of the area in which the research is germane. The book is remarkable in that there are relatively few books of its kind in general circulation. It suffers from the lack of focus that the multiauthor, multination authorship engenders. It most properly resides in a reference library or on an academic's shelf.
Booknews
A collection of 19 essays demonstrating the impact of cancer on individual and family development highlights the influence family dynamics might have on treatment and management. The contributing medical and health care professionals consider family reorganization in response to cancer, the psychological distress experienced by parents of pediatric cancer patients, how one spouse's cancer can affect a partnership, the particular concerns of daughters of breast cancer patients, and the medical ethics at the core of a patient-doctor-family relationship. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Researchers and clinicians in medicine and psychology from around the world share insights on the role of the family in cancer and the impact on the family of one of its members being diagnosed with cancer. They cover theoretical and methodological issues around families, social support and cultural perspective, psychological interventions within the family, the child's perception of a parent's illness, dynamic changes in families with a child with cancer, sexual self-perception, the genetics of familial risk, terminal illness and systems of belief, and medical ethics and communication. The first edition was published in 1996; the second has been substantially revised and ten more chapters added on such topics as specific family intervention and the impact of genetics on the response of patients and their families to cancer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a multiauthored book on the psychosocial issues of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients and their families. The authors are predominantly drawn from major cancer hospitals internationally.
Purpose: The book is meant to summarize the research base for psychosocial oncology, particularly as it relates to families of cancer patients. This is a relatively neglected area in contemporary oncology.
Audience: The book is a primarily a reference work summarizing research in the field of psycho-oncology and families. It will be most useful for specialists and researchers in the field rather than those working in the clinical practice of oncology.
Features: The book is of average quality for this genre of book. Each of the chapters is written as a summary of the author's research and of the area in which the research is germane.
Assessment: The book is remarkable in that there are relatively few books of its kind in general circulation. It suffers from the lack of focus that the multiauthor, multination authorship engenders. It most properly resides in a reference library or on an academic's shelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471803003
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents: FAMILIES: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES.

Family Processes and Chronic Illness (P. Steinglass).

Family Reorganization in Response to Cancer: A Developmental Perspective (K. Weihs & D. Reiss).

SOCIAL SUPPORT AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE.

The Role of Family Support in Cancer Control (J. Bloom).

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Social Support Among Asian-American and Euro-American Women Following Breast Cancer (M. Kagawa-Singer & T.-U. Nguyen).

Culture, Cancer, and the Family (C. Gotay).

PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS WITHIN THE FAMILY.

Preventing Affective Disorders in Partners of Cancer PatientsAn Intervention Study (C. Pitceathly & P. Maguire).

THE CHILD'S PERCEPTION OF A PARENT'S ILLNESS.

Blowing Away the Myths About the Child's Experience with the Mother's Breast Cancer (F. Lewis, et al.).

Correlates of Self-Esteem Among Children Facing the Loss of a Parent to Cancer (K. Siegel, et al.).

DYNAMIC CHANGES IN FAMILIES WITH A CHILD WITH CANCER.

Factors Contributing to the Psychological Adjustment of Parents of Pediatric Cancer Parents (J. Hoekstra-Weebers, et al.).

'My Family and I are in This Together': Children with Cancer Speak Out (B. Sourkes & R. Proulx).

SEXUALITY: PERCEPTION OF SELF.

Sexual Self-Concept for the Woman with Cancer (B. Andersen & D. Golden-Kreutz).

GENETICS: FAMILIAL RISK.

Communication of Individualized Cancer Risk Information within the Family Context (J. Bottorff, et al.).

Genetic Counseling for Cancer: A Family Issue (E. Bleiker & N. Aaronson).

TERMINAL ILLNESS AND SYSTEMS OF BELIEF.

The Family in Terminal Illness (S. Wein).

Religion, Cancer, and the Family (B. Spilka & S. Hartman).

MEDICAL ETHICS AND COMMUNICATION.

Patient-Family Communication with Physicians (C. Blanchard, et al.).

Cancer, Medical Ethics, and the Family (C. Hook).

Index.

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