Psychosocial Oncology

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New Supportive Care Resources From NCCN Help Patients With Cancer Confront Distress

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

All patients with cancer experience some level of distress associated with their cancer diagnosis and the effects of the disease and its treatment—regardless of the stage of disease. Not only does distress affect a patient’s mental and psychosocial well-being, but because distress is a ris...

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Improving Management of Sexual Problems for Cancer Survivors

Alice Goodman  / September 25, 2016

What do up to 60% of cancer survivors have in common? Answer: some type of long-term sexual dysfunction. How many cancer survivors seek professional help for sexual problems? Answer: less than 20%. Even when they do seek help, they may not be successful in finding professionals with expertise in sex...

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Researchers Discuss Pilot Study on Hallucinogenic Therapies for Cancer Anxiety

Ronald Piana  / May 10, 2015

Although varying levels of existential distress are near-ubiquitous among patients with cancer, evidence-based interventions in this clinical area remain somewhat elusive. Seeking to explore novel approaches in the palliative care environment, New York University (NYU) School of Medicine principal i...

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Launches Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Programs for Terminally Ill Patients, Cancer Survivors, and Caregivers

Jo Cavallo  / September 15, 2014

Although most major cancer centers in the United States offer support groups and individual counseling sessions to help patients with cancer cope with their disease and treatment, over the past decade Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York has broadened its psycho-oncology programs to in...

Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy Currently Recruiting Participants

Jo Cavallo  / September 15, 2014

These studies are investigating psychosocial and individual meaning-centered psychotherapy interventions for patients with cancer and bereaved parents. They are sponsored by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and are currently recruiting participants. The studies are listed on the ClinicalTrials...

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Advancing Psychosocial Oncology Care Over the Next Decade

Jo Cavallo  / November 15, 2013

A psychiatrist for more than 40 years, Jimmie C. Holland, MD, Attending Psychiatrist and Wayne E. Chapman Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, is internationally recognized as the founder of the subspeci...

American/International Psychosocial Oncology Societies Host Event to Support Science and Practice of Psychosocial Care for Patients With Cancer 

Jo Cavallo  / October 15, 2013

Recently the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) held a fundraising event, Cruise for a Cause: Improving Psychosocial and Supportive Cancer Care, to raise money to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for patients with c...

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Professional Societies Endorse 2015 Standard for Cancer Center Accreditation by Commission on Cancer 

The ASCO Post  / August 15, 2013

In 2015, the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) will require cancer centers to implement screening programs for psychosocial distress as a new criterion for accreditation. The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) recently announced recommendations to support a ne...

University of Denver and Exempla Healthcare Study Finds Patient Distress Screenings Practical, Helpful 

Keegan Bales  / May 15, 2013

Researchers at the University of Denver and Exempla Healthcare found that multiple distress screenings per patient over the course of cancer treatment informs health-care providers about emotional distress patterns and supportive needs over time. The information gathered allows providers to improve ...

The Rise of the Vintage Readers Book Club 

Jimmie C. Holland, MD, Mindy Greenstein, PhD, and Christian J. Nelson, PhD  / January 15, 2013

Providing care beyond medical treatment, the multidisciplinary field of psychosocial oncology addresses the psychological, social, and emotional health of the patient with cancer. On an occasional basis, The ASCO Post will explore the realm of psychosocial oncology with a column guest edited by Jimm...

American Psychosocial Oncology Society Provides Helpline for Counseling Services

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2012

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) offers a toll-free national Helpline as a resource to help people with cancer and their caregivers find counseling services in their own communities. Patients with cancer, caregivers, and advocacy organizations may obtain referrals for local counsel...

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Evaluating Risk for Suicide in People Diagnosed or Living with Cancer

Andrew J. Roth, MD  / August 15, 2011

The challenges of life-threatening physical illness can sometimes lead to suicide. In fact, given the critical stressors that a person with cancer faces, we might expect suicide to be a more common reaction. Patients with cancer are at increased risk of completed suicide, though the prevalence of su...