Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer

Pages: 446
Item #: 4318980
ISBN: 978-1-55798-734-1
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 2001
Format: Hardcover
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In Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer contributors analyze state-of-the-art research, theory, and intervention to prevent cancer, detect it in more treatable stages, and enhance the quality of life among cancer patients and their families.

In this shot across the bow of this feared and all-too common disease, contributors explore conceptual and applied currents in health psychology, public health, and behavioral medicine and review major research programs on patient interventions. Authors also describe current thought on the mechanisms through which psychosocial interventions change behaviors or enhance adjustment. Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer vividly witnesses to the power of psychological interventions to enhance treatment and help cancer patients cope with cancer.

Health psychologists, public health practitioners, medical doctors, oncologists, and anyone else in the field of cancer care and research will value this book as a rich source of guidance.

Table of Contents




  1. Psychosocial Intervention and Cancer: An Introduction
    —Andrew Baum and Barbara L. Andersen

I. Bases of Adjustment to Living With Cancer

  1. Adapting to Cancer: The Importance of Hope and Purpose
    —Michael F. Scheier and Charles S. Carver
  2. General and Specific Measures of Quality of Life in Younger Women With Breast Cancer
    —Joan R. Bloom, Susan L. Stewart, Monica Johnston, and Priscilla Banks
  3. Quality of Life Measurement in Oncology
    —David Cella
  4. Long-Term Adjustment in Cancer Survivors: Integration of Classical-Conditioning and Cognitive-Processing Models
    —William H. Redd, Katherine N. DuHamel, Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg, Jamie L. Ostroff, Meredith Y. Smith, Paul B. Jacobsen, and Sharon L. Manne
  5. A Social–Cognitive Processing Model of Emotional Adjustment to Cancer
    —Stephen J. Lepore

II. Bases of Intervention: Targets and Processes

  1. A Biobehavioral Model for Psychological Interventions
    —Barbara Andersen
  2. Group Processes in Therapeutic Support Groups
    —Paul B. Paulus
  3. Traumatic Stress as a Target for Intervention With Cancer Patients
    —Andrew Baum and Donna M. Posluszny
  4. Assessing the Important Effector Mechanisms in the Immune Response Against Cancer
    —Olivera J. Finn
  5. Immune System Versus Tumor
    —Pierre L. Triozzi

III. Prevention and Intervention

  1. Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer: Group Therapy Techniques
    —David Spiegel and Susan Diamond
  2. Psychoeducational Intervention Programs for Patients with Cancer
    —Fawzy I. Fawzy, Nancy W. Fawzy, and Andrea L. Canada
  3. Group Support Interventions for People with Cancer: Benefits and Hazards
    —Vicki S. Helgeson, Sheldon Cohen, Richard Schulz, and Joyce Yasko
  4. Psychosocial Interventions for Women at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer
    —Marc D. Schwartz, Caryn Lerman, and Barbara Rimer
  5. Interventions for Healthy Individuals at Familial Risk for Cancer: Biobehavioral Mechanisms for Health Benefits
    —Dana H. Bovbjerg and Heiddis B. Valdimarsdottir
  6. Targets for Interventions to Reduce Cancer Morbidity
    —Lorenzo Cohen and Andrew Baum

IV. Conclusions

  1. Tailoring Psychosocial Interventions to the Individual's Health Information-Processing Style: The Influence of Monitoring Versus Blunting in Cancer Risk and Disease
    —Suzanne M. Miller, Carolyn Y. Fang, Michael A. Diefenbach, and Christina B. Bales
  2. Preventive Psychosocial Intervention in Cancer Treatment: Implications for Managed Care
    —Gerald P. Koocher and Irene S. Pollin
  3. Speculations on the Relationship of Behavioral Theory to Psychosocial Research on Cancer
    —Howard Leventhal and Sasha Carr

Author Index

Subject Index

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