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Psychopharmacology in Oncology and Palliative Care

A Practical Manual

Grassi, Luigi, Riba, Michelle (Eds.)

2014, XVII, 418 p. 16 illus., 6 illus. in color.

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  • Presents the main drugs and protocols used in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders in cancer and palliative care settings
  • Explores the clinical problems encountered in such psychopharmacological management
  • Discusses adjuvant use of psychotropic drugs in other conditions
  • Easy to read and reference, with concise tables and boxes

This practical manual presents the main drugs and protocols currently used in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders in cancer and palliative care settings and explores the principal issues involved in such treatment. Significant clinical challenges encountered in the psychopharmacological management of various psychiatric conditions are discussed, covering aspects such as side-effects and drug-drug interactions. Attention is also paid to the emerging theme of adjuvant use of psychotropic drugs for the treatment of symptoms or syndromes not primarily related to psychiatric disorders (e.g. pain, hot flashes). In addition, practical suggestions are provided for dealing with special populations, including children, the elderly, and people affected by severe mental illness. The book is designed to be easy to read and to reference: information is clearly displayed in concise tables and boxes, accompanied by further detail within the text and clinical vignettes. The authors include some of the most renowned  clinicians working in the field of psycho-oncology. 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Classes of psychotropic drugs - Depression in Cancer Patients - Palliative Care in Cancer - Psycho-Oncology - Psychopharmacological Treatment - Psychopharmacology - Psychotic Disorders in Cancer patients - Treatment of Delirium - Treatment of hot-flashes - drug-drug interactions

Related subjects » Medicine - Oncology & Hematology

Table of contents 

Part I: General aspects in psychopharmacological treatment: General principles of psychopharmacological treatment.- Diagnostic issues and strategies in psycho-oncology.- The role of doctor-patient relationship in psychopharmacology.- Integration of psychopharmacotherapy with other psychiatric/psychosocial treatment.- End-of-Life care and psychopharmacology.- Part II: Psychotropic drug use in clinical oncology and palliative care settings: Treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders.- Treatment of depression.- Treatment of insomnia.- Treatment of delirium and confusional states.- Treatment of psychotic disorders.- Treatment of pain.- Part III: Special issues in psychopharmacology: Treatment of psychiatric emergencies.- Psychopharmacology in childhood and adolescence.- Psychopharmacology in the elderly.- Sedation of psychological distress at the end of life.- Research issues in psychopharmacology in oncology and palliative care settings.- Ethics of psychopharmacological and biological treatments in psycho-oncology.

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