Behavioural Oncology

Psychological, Communicative, and Social Dimensions

Authors: Cordella, Marisa, Poiani, Aldo

  • Combines expertise of a linguist specializing in doctor-patient communication and discourse analysis with that of a behavioral biologist with expertise in disease evolution
  • Chapters include a summary of main conclusions and a list of topics for discussion
  • Fuses knowledge of biology, psychology, and social science into the understanding of the behavioral aspects of cancer patients
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About this book

Medical, educational, and public health efforts have reduced the spread of many major diseases, yet cancer perseveres, in spite of continuing research and improvements in practice. Especially promising among therapeutic strategies are ones that recognise patients as individuals with thoughts, feelings--and speech.

Rooted in deep understanding of the mutual relationship between behavior and cancer, Behavioural Oncology combines extensive clinical wisdom and empirical data to illuminate the psychological, social, and existential aspects of cancer, and to offer a framework for empathic, patient-centered care. Chapters delve into the psychobiology of long-term illness, examining stress, pain, fatigue, sensory and sleep disturbances, and other quality of life issues as well as considerations of age, gender, culture, and comorbidity. The book's emphasis on linguistic and communicative aspects of cancer--and practical skills from respecting patient narratives to delivering bad news--adds necessary depth to concepts of the therapeutic relationship. In this way, the authors warn about overmedicalizing cases to the point of losing patient identity. Major areas of the coverage include:

  • Biology and behavior in cancer prevention and suppression.
  • The psychology of cancer patients: emotions, cognition, and personality
  • Social dimensions, including stigma, coping, and social support
  • Language, communication, and cross-cultural issues
  • Existential, spiritual, and end-of-life concerns
  • Doctor-patient relationships
  • The psychological benefits of complementary therapies

Bringing new scope and substance to familiar mind/body constructs, Behavioural Oncology is a definitive reference for a spectrum of healthcare professionals, among them health and clinical psychologists, oncologists and family physicians, oncology nurses, and clinical social workers. Its discussion questions and summaries make it a suitable text for undergraduate and graduate courses in related topics.

About the authors

Maria Cordella is senior lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Aldo Poiani is a research associate in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cordella, Marisa (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • The Behavioural Dimension of Cancer and Sickness

    Cordella, Marisa (et al.)

    Pages 11-79

  • Psychology and Cancer

    Cordella, Marisa (et al.)

    Pages 81-223

  • The Existential Dimension of Cancer

    Cordella, Marisa (et al.)

    Pages 225-278

  • The Social Dimension of Cancer

    Cordella, Marisa (et al.)

    Pages 279-349

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Hardcover $179.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Behavioural Oncology
Book Subtitle
Psychological, Communicative, and Social Dimensions
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9605-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9605-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9604-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5244-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 802
Number of Illustrations and Tables
72 b/w illustrations
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