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Psycho-Oncology was the first comprehensive text in the field of psychosocial oncology and remains the gold standard today. Written by 67 internationally known psychiatry and palliative care experts, the resource is truly an essential reference for all providers of palliative care.

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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

Jimmie C. Holland, M.D., Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York.

William S. Breitbart, M.D., Chief, Psychiatry Service, and Vice-Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornelly University, New York, New York.

Paul B. Jacobsen, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Professor, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida.

Marguerite S. Lederberg, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York.

Matthew J. Loscalzo, M.S.W., Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs; Administrative Director, Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center; Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, and Professor, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope, Duarte.

Ruth McCorkle, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Florence Schorske Wald Professor, Yale School of Nursing; Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, and Program Leader, Population Sciences and Cancer Control, Yale Cancer Center.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: History of Psycho-oncology

Chapter 2: Tobacco Use
Chapter 3: Diet
Chapter 4: Exercise and Cancer
Chapter 5: Sun Exposure
Chapter 6: Socio-Economic Status and Psycho-Oncology
Chapter 7: Psychosocial Factors
Chapter 8: Social Ties and Cancer

Chapter 9: Colorectal Cancer Screening
Chapter 10: Psychosocial Issues in Cervical Cancer Screening
Chapter 11: Breast Cancer Screening
Chapter 12: Prostate Cancer Screening

Chapter 13: Genetic Susceptibility to Breast/Ovarian Cancer
Chapter 14: Psychosocial Issues in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colorectal Cancer

Chapter 15; Instruments in Psycho-oncology
Chapter 16: Central Nervous System Tumors
Chapter 17: Head and Neck Cancer
Chapter 18: Gastrointestinal Cancer
Chapter 19: Liver Cancer
Chapter 20: Lung Cancer
Chapter 21: Genitourinary Malignancies
Chapter 22: Gynecologic Cancer
Chapter 23: Skin Neoplasms and Malignant Melanoma
Chapter 24: Breast Cancer
Chapter 25: Sarcoma
Chapter 26: Hematopoietic Dyscrasias and Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplantation
Chapter 27: HIV Infection and AlDS-Associated Neoplasms
Chapter 28: Tumor of Unknown Primary Site
Chapter 29: Common Tumors in the Developing World

Chapter 30: Pain
Chapter 31: Nausea and Vomiting
Chapter 32: Fatigue
Chapter 33: Sexuality after Cancer
Chapter 34: Neuropsychological Impact of Cancer and Cancer Treatments
Chapter 35: Sleep and Cancer
Chapter 36: Weight and Appetite Loss in Cancer

Chapter 37: The Role of Palliative Care in Cancer Care Transitions
Chapter 38: Hospice and Home Care
Chapter 39: International Aspects of Palliative Care

Chapter 40: Psychiatric Emergencies
Chapter 41: Adjustment Disorders
Chapter 42: Depressive Disorders
Chapter 43: Suicide
Chapter 44: Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 45: Delirium
Chapter 46: Substance Abuse and Alcohol
Chapter 47: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter 48: Somatoform Disorders and Factitious Illness/Malingering in the Oncology Setting
Chapter 49: Cancer Care for Patients with Schizophrenia
Chapter 50: Difficult Personality Traits and Disorders in Oncology
Chapter 51: Psychotropic Medications in Cancer Care

Chapter 52: Screening Procedures for Psychosocial Distress
Chapter 53: Principles of Psychotherapy
Chapter 54: Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 55: Group Psychotherapy for Persons with Cancer
Chapter 56: Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
Chapter 57: Art Therapy/Music Therapy
Chapter 58: Meditation
Chapter 59: Spiritual Beliefs: Assessment, Screening, and Intervention
Chapter 60: Integrative Oncology
Chapter 61: Rehabilitation, Exercise and Physical Therapy
Chapter 62: Rehabilitation Medicine in Oncology
Chapter 63: Self-Management Support
Chapter 64: Problem Solving
Chapter 65: The Wellness Community's Integrative Model of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Programs, Services, and Interventions
Chapter 66: Survival and Psychotherapeutic Interventions
Chapter 67: Psychosocial Interventions for Couples and Families Coping with Cancer

Chapter 68: The Older Patient
Chapter 69: The Young Adult Patient
Chapter 70: Health Disparities

Chapter 71: The Family of the Cancer Patient and Home Care
Chapter 72: Spouse Caregivers of Cancer Patients
Chapter 73: Gender and Caregiving
Chapter 74: Cancer Patients with Minor Children
Chapter 75: Psychosocial Research and Practice with Adult Children of Cancer Patients
Chapter 76: Bereavement: A Special Issue in Oncology

Chapter 77: Positive Consequences of the Experience of Cancer: Perceptions of Growth and Meaning
Chapter 78: Changing Health Behaviors after Treatment
Chapter 79: Integration of Recent IOM Work: Survivorship Care Plans
Chapter 80: Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

Chapter 81: Building Psychosocial Programs: A Roadmap to Excellence
Chapter 82: Oncology Staff Stress and Related Interventions
Chapter 83: Training Psychiatrists and Psychologists in Psycho-oncology
Chapter 84: Principles of Training Social Workers in Oncology
Chapter 85: Education of Nurses in Psycho-oncology
Chapter 86: Principles of Communication Skills Training in Cancer Care
Chapter 87: Education of Chaplains
Chapter 88: Professional Education in Psychosocial Oncology

Chapter 89: Care Ethics: An Approach to the Ethical Dilemmas of Psycho-oncology Practice
Chapter 90: Negotiating the Interface of Psycho-oncology and Ethics
Chapter 91: Research Ethics in Psycho-Oncology

Chapter 92: Basic and translational psycho-oncology research
Chapter 93: Clinically relevant psycho-oncology research
Chapter 94: How to Design and Analyse Screening Studies
Chapter 95: International Psycho-oncology: Present and Future

Chapter 96: International Psycho-oncology: Present and Future
Chapter 97: Translation of Research to Policy: The New Standard of Quality Cancer Care in the US: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Needs

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