Psycho-Oncology

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Overview

Psycho-oncology is a comprehensive reference work on all the psychological aspects of cancer. It started as a revision of Holland and Rowland's very successful Handbook of Psychooncology (OUP, 1990), but was so heavily revised and expanded that it became a new book. Among the many changes, there are new sets of chapters on psychosocial risk factors for cancer, genetic risk and cancer screening, and caring for persons with special needs. The editor, Jimmie C. Holland, is widely recognized as a leader and founder of this field. The six associate editors represent the disciplines relevant to psycho-oncology: psychiatry, psychology, social work and nursing.
In a clear, well-organized and authoritative manner, the book provides all that health professionals working in oncology need to know to provide sensitive and informed psychological care. Written by over 200 contributors, it covers every facet of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Ten chapters are devoted to psychological and behavioral factors that alter cancer risk and survival: life style and health-related behaviors, coping style, social ties, socioeconomic status, and cancer screening. The psychological, social and ethical issues influencing the genetic risk for cancer, and the counseling regarding genetic testing—new areas of importance for psycho-oncologists—are discussed in detail. Eighteen chapters cover the special psychological problems associated with common sites of cancer and the principles of management. Separate chapters deal with cancer survival, palliative care, pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and sexual problems. Thirteen chapters review the common psychiatric disorders found in cancer patients and their treatment, with specific attention directed at anxiety, depression, delirium and post-traumatic stress disorder. A large section is devoted to interventions: brief crisis counseling, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology and group therapies. Non-traditional treatments such as art therapy, meditation and spiritual counseling are included. This broad, in-depth coverage makes Psycho-oncology a critical resource for both oncologists and mental health professionals.

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: New Edition
  • Pages: 1216
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JCH: Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. WSB: Chief, Psychiatry Service and Interim Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. PNB: Professor of Psychology
Chair, Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group, University of Sydney; PBJ: Chair, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida. MJL: Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care and Professor of Population Sciences, City of Hope; RM: Florence Shorske Walde Professor, Yale School of Nursing.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

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