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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.v2.i1.10
pages 1-13

Quality of Life and Spirituality in Psycho-Oncology

Eleonora D. Capovilla
Psycho-oncology Service, IOV (Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Via Gattamelata 64, Padova, 35128, Italy
Samantha Serpentini
Psycho-oncology Service, IOV (Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Via Gattamelata 64, Padova, 35128; Palliative Care Unit, Az. ULSS 3, Via Cereria 14/B, Bassano del Grappa, 36061, Italy
I. Guglieri
Psycho-oncology Service, IOV (Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Via Gattamelata 64, Padova, 35128, Italy
E. Cason
Psycho-oncology Service, IOV (Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Via Gattamelata 64, Padova, 35128, Italy
R. Servello
Psycho-oncology Service, IOV (Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Via Gattamelata 64, Padova, 35128, Italy

ABSTRACT

Toward the end of the 1970s, the increased possibility of curing cancer influenced such disciplines as oncology, psychology, psychiatry as well as social and nursing care. Growing attention was given to psychological aspects and issues related to quality of life, survival, and rehabilitation. Consequently, the psychosocial approach to cancer has acquired an important role in its ability both to promote psychological health throughout the course of the disease and to improve the adjustment process in cancer patients. The aim of this article is to reconsider psychosocial approach in psycho-oncology, starting from the multidimensional definition of quality of life to the most recent data regarding the spiritual dimension as it is expressed in transpersonal psychology and in mindfulness interventions.


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