Psychological Aspects of Cancer

Psychological Aspects of Cancer


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Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management opens with two essays on the biological basis of emotion/mental-driven body processes and disease. The consequence of such considerations is that since thoughts and emotions can be modulated and changed by health care professionals, psychological counseling should be seen not only as a way to help patients cope, but possibly to influence the disease itself. A unique overview of a key area of cancer care, this important title then proceeds to offer a section on genetic predispositions to cancer and the psychological considerations involved in screening and pre-emptive therapies and decision-making in cancer therapy. A third section deals with the philosophical and religious underpinnings of psychological factors involved in coping with disease state stressors and the roles of hope in coping. The fourth section is an acknowledgement that patients with cancer live in a social context, which often includes a partner and/or caregiver. The fifth section includes several essays on aspects and modalities of care-giving that are designed to help patients coping with their cancer and its aftermath, which increasingly extends for years. An important title covering key aspects of one of the most troubling disorders of our time, Psychological Aspects of Cancer: A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management will provide the busy practitioner with cutting edge knowledge as well as practical information that can translate into better care for patients with cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461448655
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 419
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.05(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Psychoneuroimmunology and Cancer: Incidence, progression, and quality of life

Chapter 2: Inflammation, Chronic Disease and Cancer: Is Psychological Distress the Common Thread?

Chapter 3: Psychological aspects of hereditary cancer and risk counseling and genetic testing

Chapter 4: Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Aspects of Women’s Decision Making

Chapter 5: Decision Aids in Advanced Cancer

Chapter 6: Cancer Fatalism: Attitudes Toward Screening and Care

Chapter 7: Positive Psychology Perspectives across the Cancer Continuum: Meaning, Spirituality, and Growth

Chapter 8: Stress, Coping, and Hope

Chapter 9: Religiousness and Spirituality in Coping with Cancer

Chapter 10: Controversies in Psycho-Oncology

Chapter 11: Psychosocial Interventions for Couples Coping With Cancer: A Systematic Review

Chapter 12: The impact of cancer and its therapies on body image and sexuality

Chapter 13: Cancer Caregivership

Chapter 14: Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer

Chapter 15: Quality of Life

Chapter 16: Exercise for Cancer Patients: Treatment of Side Effects and Quality of Life

Chapter 17: Use of the Classic Hallucinogen Psilocybin for Treatment of Existential Distress Associated with Cancer

Chapter 18: The placebo and nocebo effect in cancer treatment

Chapter 19: Psychological Factors and Survivorship: A Focus on Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors

Chapter 20: Complementary Mind-Body Therapies in Cancer

Chapter 21: End-of-Life Communication in Cancer Care

Chapter 22: The intersection between cancer and caregiver survivorship

Chapter 23: Resources for Cancer Patients

Chapter 24: Bringing It All Together

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