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Overview

This practical and concise publication explains how busy health professionals can integrate emotional support into the services offered to people with cancer.

  • Helps health professionals to develop the communication skills needed to understand and assist those affected by cancer.
  • Discusses the social and psychological problems faced by people with cancer.
  • Gives detailed information about the qualities and skills needed to act as a helper.
  • Provides practical tips on how to learn the skills discussed.
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Editorial Reviews

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‘This is an important book. It deals in a detailed, well-informed and approachable way with difficult issues. It offers much-needed help to health care workers who want to communicate sensitively with cancer patients. Enlivened by vignettes which illustrate each point, it is wise, humane and practical. I commend it strongly to everyone who needs to understand and talk about cancer to those who have the disease.’ Miles Little, Director, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney

‘I welcome this book which should become the standard text for undergraduates and postgraduates in the humanization of modern medicine. At last we have two texts that can stand side by side, Communication in Cancer Care and C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too [by John Diamond], the heads and tails of the humane practice of oncology.’ Michael Baum, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Visiting Professor of Medical Humanities, University College London

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This book on cancer care is one of a series on counseling and communication initiated in 1991 to assist professionals in specialized areas to communicate effectively and relate realistically to problems commonly experienced by people with a particular disease. The stated aim of the series is to make people feel listened to, cared for, and respected in their pursuit of health and to face the future, regardless of prognosis, with dignity.
Purpose: According to the authors, the main purposes of the book are to provide an understanding of the psychological issues involved in caring for persons with cancer and to explain how health professionals can learn and use communication and counseling skills to promote well-being in cancer patients and their significant others.
Audience: The book should be useful to all professionals involved in the clinical aspects of cancer care. The authors are two professionals with extensive experience in counseling cancer patients.
Features: The book begins with a general introduction to the impact of cancer and the related role of health professionals. The remaining chapters contain an overview of cancer and its management, the helping process, building blocks of communication, managing common clinical situations, recognizing and managing difficult situations, and professional issues in cancer care. The overall plan of the book is to educate care providers on psychological processes and the use of helping relationship skills in cancer patients.
Assessment: This well-indexed, well-referenced book meets the authors' goal of a practical resource for cancer care workers. The book provides the basic principles of effective communication, guidelines for using the helping process, and case-study examples to assist care providers in empowering cancer patients to make choices that will aid in successful adaptation to their circumstances. This book is especially needed because of the devastating effects that cancer diagnosis and treatment may have on the lives of patients and their families. No population is more vulnerable or more in need of being treated with dignity and respect, having access to clear information, and receiving appropriate psychological and practical support.

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Meet the Author

Kathryn Nicholson Perry works at the Pain Management and Research Centre of the University of Sydney at Royal North Shore Hospital and offers training through her organization Stimuli Systems. She has previously worked in the HIV Mental Health Team at the Maudsley Hospital, and both the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Information and Support Service and INPUT Pain Management Unit at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust in London.Mary Burgess is Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psycho-oncology Services at University College London Hospitals. She has previously worked at King's College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital, where she was responsible for establishing the HIV Mental Health Team. She has also worked as a consultant for a number of leading corporations and served as national clinical supervisor for one of the UK's largest Employee Assistance Programmes.

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Table of Contents

1. Cancer and Its Management.

2. The Social and Emotional Effects of Cancer.

3. The Individual Reality of Cancer.

4. Coping with Cancer.

5. The Helping Process.

6. Using Counselling Skills to Clarify Problems.

7. Problem Solving.

8. Professional Issues for Those Using Counselling Skills.

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