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Neuropathological Diseases

ISSN Print: 2160-2468
ISSN Online: 2160-2476

Archives: Volume 1, 2012 to Volume 2, 2013

Neuropathological Diseases

DOI: 10.1615/NeuropatholDiseases.v1.i2.40
pages 145-160

Psychotherapeutic Interventions in Psycho-Oncology

Anna Costantini
Psychoncology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Chiara Navarra
Psychoncology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Serena Brunetti
Psychoncology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Rosangela Caruso
Section of Psychiatry, Department of Medical & Surgical Disciplines of Communication and Behavior, University of Ferrara, Italy

ABSTRACT

Addressing the concerns, problems and changes within roles and family relations and encouraging the development of more adaptive ways of coping with psychosocial stress symptoms are the main aims of psychosocial intervention for cancer patients. Among the multiplicity and complexity of psychotherapy theories and models, cogntive-behavioral intervention, interpersonal psychotherapy and psychodynamic therapy, supportive-expressive therapy, and some new models, namely meaning-centered psychotherapy and dignity therapy, represent the most significant approaches in psycho-oncology.