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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These findings are anticipated to inform services provided by psychosocial oncology support programs in Puerto Rico.
When she first became fully immersed in psychosocial oncology, Dornelas failed to find a succinct but comprehensive guide to caring for the mental health of cancer patients, so she wrote one herself.
Barry Bultz is an inspiring pioneer in the development of psychosocial oncology in Canada.
Dr Stead has a PhD from Leeds University's School of Medicine and a background in psychosocial oncology.
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.
As both a patient with prostate cancer and a researcher in psychosocial oncology, I read a lot of books about prostate cancer.
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.
Benefits of psychosocial oncology care: Improved quality of life and medical cost effect.
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.
FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY SOCIETY
International Psychosocial Oncology Society 11th World Congress of PsychoOncology, Vienna, 2008, Abstr.
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