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Originally published by Oxford in 1998, Psycho-Oncology was the first comprehensive text in the field and remains the gold standard today. Edited by a team of leading experts in psycho-oncology, spearheaded by Dr. Jimmie C. Holland, the founder of the field, the text reflects the interdisciplinary nature and global reach of this growing field. Thoroughly updated and developed in collaboration with the American Psychosocial Society and the International Psycho-oncology Society, the third edition is a current, comprehensive reference for psychiatrists, psychologists, oncologists, hospice workers, and social workers seeking to understand and manage the psychological issues involved in the care of persons with cancer and the psychological, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to cancer risk and survival. New to this edition are chapters on gender-based and geriatric issues and expanded coverage of underserved populations, community based programs, and caregiver training and education.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne B. Yellen
This is the second edition of a book initially published in 1989. It is structured to cover all primary content areas of psycho-oncology, with broad content areas including psychological and behavioral factors in cancer risk, psychological issues in cancer screening, high genetic cancer risk, psychological adaptation, psychological responses to treatment, site-specific issues, symptom management, psychiatric disorders, interventions, persons with special needs, childhood cancer, family issues, staff support, ethics, research issues, and more. This is intended to be a comprehensive resource under one cover, relevant to all disciplines working with oncology patients. This text is a much needed and long-awaited compilation of the latest research and clinical information specific to psychological issues in cancer treatment. The text targets mental health professionals working in multidisciplinary cancer treatment settings, and assumes at least a limited understanding of cancer terminology. As such, it might be daunting for a student or very young practitioner to rapidly absorb extensive and complex information. However, it is a reference that has the capacity to continue to expand even the most seasoned practitioner's knowledge base. The contributors are all well known experts in their particular fields. Some figures are included that reflect various schemata of psychological processes, but are not central to the text. Many chapters contain tables that summarize the salient points, and are very helpful in the reading. References are both pertinent and highly current. Despite its length, the book more than justifies its publication, greatly expanding on the biomedical aspects ofcancer and cancer care rather than focusing only on psychosocial issues. It has tremendous breadth and applicability to medical, nursing, and mental health professionals. It is a ""must' in every medical center library, and will also add to the clinical knowledge of nursing and mental health professionals.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Weighing in at slightly less than seven pounds, this 1189-page textbook stands as the authoritative reference on both psychological issues in the care of persons with cancer and the psychological, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to cancer risk and survival.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Psycho-oncology deals with all phases of cancer and its treatment, including psychological issues of being at risk, mood symptoms during detection and treatment, and end-of-life issues in palliative care. This is a comprehensive look at the field, which had its beginnings in the 1970s. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The authors' aim is to present "the many ways in which patients' experience of illness can be understood and improved: the core of all psychosocial interventions, noted by Peabody in 1927: the need of patients to feel that those providing their care are interested in them as a person."
Audience: Although an audience is not specified, mental health clinicians, students, postgraduate trainees, medical surgical personnel, and researchers would be typical readers. The editors and numerous contributors represent an international authorship from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China.
Features: An introduction to the history of psycho-oncology begins the book. The authors then discuss various behavioral and psychological factors related to cancer including tobacco use, sun exposure, and social environment. Cancer screening is discussed at length including colorectal, cervical, breast, and prostate, along with genetic testing. Fifteen chapters are dedicated to psychological issues related to the site of cancer. There are sections on management of physical symptoms and psychiatric disorders. The authors spend much time on specific interventions such as individual and group psychotherapy, expressive therapy, meditation, physical exercise, and psychosocial interventions. Family issues are discussed in terms of caregiving and bereavement. Finally, training programs for professionals including oncology staff, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and chaplains are given ample treatment. The numerous tables and figures are extremely educational. Each of the 97 chapters consists of just a few pages, but they manage to present a lot of information. Numerous references enable interested readers to research further.
Assessment: This is an exhaustive look at psycho-oncology, but it is easy to read with helpful tables and figures. It should be in the libraries of both mental health and medical-surgical professionals and students.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195106145
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 1216
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmie C. Holland: Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

William S. Breitbart: Chief, Psychiatry Service and Interim Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Phyllis N. Butow: Professor of Psychology
Chair, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group, University of Sydney;

Paul B. Jacobsen: Chair, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida.

Matthew J. Loscalzo: Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care and Professor of Population Sciences, City of Hope.

Ruth McCorkle: Florence Shorske Walde Professor, Yale School of Nursing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The History of Psycho-Oncology

Section I. Behavioral and Psychological Factors in Cancer Risk
1. Tobacco Use and Cessation

2. Diet and Cancer

3. Exercise and Cancer

4. Sun Exposure and Cancer Risk

5. Socioeconomic Status and Psycho-Oncology

6. Psychosocial Factors

Section II. Screening for Cancer in Normal and At-Risk Populations
7. Colorectal Cancer Screening

8. Cervical Cancer Screening

9. Breast Cancer Screening

10. Prostate Cancer Screening

Section III. Screening and Testing for Genetic Susceptibility to Cancer
11. Genetic Susceptibility to Breast/Ovarian Cancer

12. Psychosocial Issues in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colorectal Cancer

Section IV. Psychological Issues Related to Site of Cancer
13. Central Nervous System Tumors

14. Head and Neck Cancer

15. Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Cancers

16. Lung Cancer

17. Genitourinary Malignancies

18. Gynecologic Cancers

19. Skin Neoplasms and Malignant Melanoma

20. Breast Cancer

21. Sarcoma

22. Hematopoietic Dyscrasias and Stem Cell Transplantation

23. HIV Infection and AIDS-Associated Neoplasms

24. Tumor of Unknown Primary Site

Section V. Management of Specific Physical Symptoms
25. Cancer-related Pain

26. Nausea and Vomiting

27. Fatigue

28. Sexuality Problems After Cancer

29. Neuropsychological Impact of Cancer and Cancer Treatments

30. Sleep and Cancer

31. Weight and Appetite Loss in Cancer

Section VI. Palliative and Terminal Care
32. Hospice Care and Home Care

33. Canadian Virtual Hospice: A Template for Online Communication and Support

34. Training of Psychologists and Psychiatrists in Palliative Care

VII. Psychiatric Disorders
35. Psychiatric Emergencies

36. Adjustment Disorders

37. Depressive Disorders

38. Suicide

39. Anxiety Disorders

40. Delirium

41. Substance Abuse Disorders

42. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Associated with Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

43. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders, Factitious Illness, and Malingering in the Oncology Setting

44. Cancer Care for Patients with Schizophrenia

45. Difficult Personality Traits and Disorders in Oncology

Section VIII. Screening and Assessment in Psychosocial Oncology
46. Screening and Assessment for Unmet Needs

47. Screening and Assessment for Anxiety and Depression

48. Screening and Assessment for Distress

49. Screening and Assessment for Delirium and Dementia

50. Screening and Assessment for Cognitive Problems

51. Cross-Cultural Considerations in Screening and Assessment

Section IX. Principles of Psychotropic Management
52. Principles of Psychotropic Medications in Cancer Care

Section X. Evidence Based Interventions
53. Principles of Psychotherapy

54. Healthcare Provider Communication: The Model of Optimal Therapeutic Effectiveness

55. Supportive Psychotherapy in Cancer Care: An Essential Ingredient for All Therapy

56. Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions

57. Cognitive Therapy

58. Self-Management Support

59. Building Problem-Solving Skills

60. Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy

61. Dignity in the Terminally Ill: Empirical Findings and Clinical Applications

62. Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Therapy

63. Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga for Cancer Patients

64. Art and Music Therapy

65. The Role of Religion/Spirituality in Coping with Cancer: Evidence, Assessment, and Intervention

66. Integrative Oncology

67. Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions in Cancer Survivors

68. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Cancer Patients

69. Psychosocial Interventions for Couples and Families Coping with Cancer

70. Supportive-Expressive and Other Forms of Group Psychotherapy in Cancer Care

Section XI. Geriatric Psycho-Oncology
71. The Older Patient

72. Special Considerations in Older Adults with Cancer: What Psycho-Oncologists Should Know

73. Functional Assessment of Older Patients with Cancer

Section XII. Psychological Issues for the Family
74. A Family-Centered Approach to the Patient with Cancer

75. Couples and Caregivers of Cancer Patients

76. Sexual Minority Health in Psycho-Oncology

77. Addressing the Needs of Children When a Parent Has Cancer

78. Bereavement: Theory, Clinical Presentation, and Intervention in the Setting of Cancer Care

Section XIII. Cross Cutting Issues
79. Cross Cutting Gender Based Issues and Caregiving

80. E-Health Interventions

81. Negotiating the Interface of Psycho-Oncology and Ethics

82. Disparities in the Impact of Cancer

83. DSM-5 and Psycho-Oncology

Section: XIV. Survivorship
84. Fear of Cancer Recurrence

85. Positive Consequences of the Experience of Cancer: Perceptions of Growth and Meaning

86. Changing Health Behaviors after Treatment

87. Implementing the Survivorship Care Plan: A Strategy for Improving the Quality of Care for Cancer Survivors

88. Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

89. Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors

Section XV. Professional Education and Building Supportive Care Programs
90. Principles of Communication Skills Training in Cancer Care Across the Life Span and Illness Trajectory

91. Building Supportive Care Programs in a Time of Great Opportunity

92. Oncology Staff Stress and Related Interventions

93. Training Psychiatrists and Psychologists in Psycho-Oncology

94. Training Professional Social Workers in Psycho-Oncology

95. Education of Nurses in Psycho-Oncology

96. Education of Chaplains in Psycho-Oncology

97. Training and Education of Patient Advocates

98. The Engaged Patient: The Cancer Support Community's Integrative Model of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Programs, Services, and Research

99. Collaborative Psychosocial Oncology Care Models

Section XVI. Psycho-Oncology in Health Policy
100. Changes in U.S. Policy Issues

101. Distress as the 6th Vital Sign: An Emerging International Symbol for Improving Psychosocial Care

102. Emerging International Directions for Psychosocial Care

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