Cancer and the psycho-oncologist: Psychosocial well-being of cancer survivors

Turner, Jane, Hodgkinson, Katharine and Boyes, Allison (2010). Cancer and the psycho-oncologist: Psychosocial well-being of cancer survivors. In Monica Robotin, Ian Olver and Afaf Girgis (Ed.), When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook (pp. 1005-1021) London, U.K.: Imperial College Press.

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Author Turner, Jane
Hodgkinson, Katharine
Boyes, Allison
Title of chapter Cancer and the psycho-oncologist: Psychosocial well-being of cancer survivors
Title of book When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook
Place of Publication London, U.K.
Publisher Imperial College Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Other
Year available 2010
ISBN 9781848163645
Editor Monica Robotin
Ian Olver
Afaf Girgis
Chapter number 42
Start page 1005
End page 1021
Total pages 17
Total chapters 48
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Adjusting to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a complex process which evolves over time, and individuals, their family members and health professionals may have diverse opinions about what constitutes the status of survivor. Whilst significant psychiatric disorder is not the norm, many of those diagnosed with cancer experience a degree of psychological distress and changes in their attitudes, beliefs and worldview as they negotiate a new and different life compared with before cancer. This chapter describes the process of adjustment, factors which affect adjustment, and provides practical suggestions for health professionals to assist them in exploring the specific concerns of their patients. Information is provided about simple interventions which can be delivered in routine clinical care by non-specialist providers, as well as details about risk factors for the development of psychiatric disorder. Practical suggestions about facilitating referral for specialist psychosocial treatment are also provided.
Keyword psychosocial well-being
cancer survivors
adjustment
psychological distress
psychiatric disorder
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Created: Tue, 16 Nov 2010, 11:41:08 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital