psycho-oncology

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psycho-oncology

An evolving field, which overlaps psychology and oncology, that formally studies the relationship of the psyche to malignancy. Integral to psycho-oncology are the elements that affect a person’s adaptation to cancer, which occur in sociocultural, medical and individual contexts.

Psycho-oncology attempts to sway the course of advanced and/or metastatic cancer by promoting a positive attitude in cancer patients; soft data suggest that it might be beneficial, though it is difficult to perform formal studies given the often anecdotal nature of the data. In one study of patients with metastatic breast cancer, those undergoing psychotherapy lived 19 months longer, and they had less anxiety and pain than the control group.
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taking these medications for anxiety and depression, which likely reflects the elevated emotional burden on this population," she said at the joint congress of the International Psycho-Oncology Society and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
They were joined by Dr Maxine Stead, who has an academic background in psychosocial oncology research and is now the owner of a holistic health spa in Huddersfield.
In keeping with the conference's theme, “Setting Sail for New Horizons in Psychosocial Oncology,” Polaris staff will be focusing in particular on innovative enhancements recently made to Polaris Oncology that will enable cancer care teams to raise the delivery of psychosocial care to new levels.
JoAnne Reifsnyder completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Maryland, a Master's Degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a BSN from Holy Family College.
With the current emphasis on the importance of integrating psychosocial assessment and intervention into oncology care, some facilities are turning to a different advanced practice nurse (APN) for assistance with psychosocial oncology care.
director of psychosocial oncology at the Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas, and moderator of the session, wondered whether perspective might contribute to patients' experiencing of symptoms and emotionally interpreting their impact.
1998, 'Children with cancer: an examination of their coping and adaptive behavior', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 16(1), 37-61.
International Psychosocial Oncology Society 11th World Congress of PsychoOncology, Vienna, 2008, Abstr.
reported at the annual conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
An earlier version of this article was presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, January 2005, Phoenix, AZ.
This paper briefly reviews some of the current interests in the international field of psychosocial oncology, focusing on adults with cancer.
The study, conducted by scientists at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) appears in the October issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.
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