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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.i1.30
pages 41-56

Psychosocial Issues in Cancer Care

Maria Antonietta Annunziata
Psychological Oncology Unit, Department of Clinical-Specialty Services & Support, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy
Barbara Muzzatti
Psychological Oncology Unit, Department of Clinical-Specialty Services & Support, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

ABSTRACT

In this study, we analyzed the main psychological and psychosocial issues of cancer, namely emotional distress, body image, sexual functioning, interpersonal relationships, cognitive functioning, cancer-related fatigue, and posttraumatic growth. For each aspect, we supply definition and prevalence data. We also investigated potential moderators and mediators, and here we discuss assessment instruments updated reviews and refer to recent international literature. In conclusion, we discuss the clinical and research implications of a "comprehensive" care approach to cancer patients.