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Psychiatric Aspects of Symptom Management in Cancer Patients

Edited by William Breitbart, M.D., and Jimmie C. Holland, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-193-9
  • Item #8193

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This volume integrates the latest information from psychiatry, palliative care, oncology, and behavioral medicine on the mental health professional's role in the management of often disturbing and treatment-limiting symptoms in cancer patients. Each chapter addresses commonly encountered symptoms and provides effective management techniques through clinical case vignettes and a thorough review of the literature.


  • Introduction: symptom control and quality of life: role of the psychiatrist in the oncology setting. Management of depression and anxiety in cancer patients. Treatment of organic mental disorders in cancer patients. Psychiatric approaches to cancer pain management. Psychiatric management of eating disorders in cancer patients. Anticipatory nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy. Behavioral control of anxiety, distress, and learned aversions in pediatric oncology. Relaxation and imagery for symptom control in cancer patients. Terminally ill cancer patients. Management of grief in the cancer setting. The stress of caring for cancer patients.

The contributions of the authors and editors of this book provide an outstanding clinical resource for mental health clinicians working with cancer patients. This book will undoubtedly be a major reference in years to come.—American Journal of Psychiatry

The editors use a clear and concise manner of presentation throughout the entire text, providing clarifying tables and concrete, realistic case studies to elucidate theoretical points. . . . Psychiatric Aspects of Symptom Management in Cancer Patients should be mandatory reading for every psychiatrist who treats cancer patients. I would not hesitate to recommend it to other physicians, nurses and social workers.—Psychiatric Times

This is a state-of-the-art review and update by experienced leaders in this field on the treatment of the major psychiatric symptoms and disorders in cancer patients. It also contains a sensitive discussion of managing grief, palliative treatments, and terminally ill cancer patients. The book should be read and on the reference shelf of every psychiatrist or other mental health professional who sees oncology patients.—Troy L. Thompson II, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College

[This book] is an excellent and up-to-date compendium of the best knowledge in the developing field of medical psycho-oncology. This book provides the 'what, why, and how' of helping cancer patients better cope with their illness. The book is produced by a pioneering group in the field of psycho-oncology and gives the reader the benefit of their collective clinical wisdom and experience.—David Spiegel, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Psychiatric Aspects of Symptom Management in Cancer Patients presents a fine and very readable overview of clinical psycho-oncology. It should provide ample information for the general psychiatrist who wants to know more about treating cancer patients.—Psychosomatics

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