How to Talk with Family Caregivers About Cancer

How to Talk with Family Caregivers About Cancer

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by Ruth Bolletino
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393705765

ISBN-13: 9780393705768

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Cancer affects not only the patient, but all their loved ones as well.
This book will guide professionals on issues critical to effectively and compassionately counseling caregivers and other family members, from dealing with their feelings of grief and despair and realistically fostering hope, to helping them provide emotional and practical support to the

Overview

Cancer affects not only the patient, but all their loved ones as well.
This book will guide professionals on issues critical to effectively and compassionately counseling caregivers and other family members, from dealing with their feelings of grief and despair and realistically fostering hope, to helping them provide emotional and practical support to the patient during the illness and treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393705768
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Cancer Is a Family Illness 1

Part I A General Psychotherapy Approach

Chapter 1 The Experiential World of the Family Member: Where psychotherapy Begins 9

Chapter 2 Putting Traditional Approaches Aside 29

Chapter 3 Principles of Psychotherapy with Family Members 40

Chapter 4 Toxic Myths 51

Chapter 5 The Power of Expectation 64

Chapter 6 Dealing With Feelings 75

Chapter 7 Ethical and Spiritual Aspects of the Work 98

Part II Helping the Family Caregiver Help the Patient

Chapter 8 The Experiential World of the Person With Cancer 123

Chapter 9 Choosing Practitioners and Treatments, and Communicating With Doctors 137

Chapter 10 How Family Caregivers Can Best Help the Cancer Patient 156

Chapter 11 Children in the Family: Guidelines for Parents 176

Chapter 12 Dealing With Recurrence 192

Chapter 13 When the Patient Is Dying 198

Chapter 14 How Family Caregivers Can Best Help Themselves 216

Chapter 15 Afterward 221

Epilogue: Preventing Burnout and Discovering Unexpected Gifts 227

Appendices

Appendix 1 Some Basic Facts about Cancer 235

Appendix 2 Some Basic Facts about Cancer Treatment 240

Appendix 3 Psychological Side Effects of Treatments 258

Appendix 4 Some Techniques for Managing Stress 263

Appendix 5 Complementary Treatments That Can Ease Pain 269

Appendix 6 Some Legal and Practical Preparations When the Patient Is Dying 271

References 275

Index 283

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How to Talk with Family Caregivers About Cancer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mxypltrk More than 1 year ago
As a physician whose practice is dedicated to supporting people with cancer, I found Ruth Cohn Bolletino's "How to Talk with Family and Caregivers About Cancer" an absolutely indispensible guide. Cancer affects not only the patient, but caregivers, friends and relatives of all ages. Each person suffers in his or her own way, and must be addressed individually. Dr. Bolletino's therapeutic strategies flow from her immense experience and her equally immense compassion. She sees her work as psychotherapy, but it's an unusual psychotherapy, for nothing is "wrong" with the people she counsels. If your loved one has cancer and you're consequently depressed or anxious or angry, you're normal. Thus her psychotherapeutic approach starts with a view toward acceptance rather than pathology. I sorely wish I'd had access to Dr. Bolletino's views when I studied psychiatry in medical school forty years ago. Many books in this field are written by academics, so opaquely that they confirm Mark Twain's observation that "the professions are a conspiracy against the public." Dr. Bolletino, on the other hand, intends accessibility. She writes simply and clearly, even about complexities. Her book will find a welcome place in our local cancer center library. Jeff Kane, MD Author, "How to Heal" (Helios Press, 2003)