The Psychoimmunology of Human Cancer: Mind and Body in the Fight for Survival? / Edition 1

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For many years, physicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists have reported signs of an inter-relationship between mind and body in the fight against cancer. This book presents the findings of leading specialists working in this rapidly expanding field. Their multidisciplinary approach is likely to appeal not only to immunologists, oncologists, surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists, but also to medical students aware of the growing need to explore both the psychological and the physiological aspects of a given disease in clinical practice.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192623652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Pt. I Psychology, Immunity, and Cancer: The Biological Links
1 Psychoimmunology today: mechanisms mediating the effects of psychological status on the immune system 3
2 Anti-cancer mechanisms involving the immune system 100
Pt. II The Clinical Context: Studies and Speculations on Human Cancer
3 The role of psychological factors in cancer onset and progression: a critical appraisal 149
4 Psychospiritual healing and the immune system in cancer 164
5 Can psychosocial interventions extend survival? A critical evaluation of clinical trials of group and individual therapies 182
6 Psychological factors and cancer progression: involvement of neuroimmune pathways and future directions for laboratory research 209
7 Psychological factors and cancer progression: involvement of behavioural pathways 235
8 The state of the art: clinical implications for cancer patients and directions for future research 258
Index 271
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