Cancer Patients and Their Families: Readings on Disease Course, Coping, and Psychological Interventions

Pages: 378
Item #: 431632A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-641-2
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1999
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Families play a key role in the maintenance of the health and spirit of those with cancer. This book offers a unique view into the affect of the family relationship on coping with cancer and also shows how best to work with the families of cancer patients.

This collection of articles provides heartening evidence that behavioral and psychosocial interventions play a critical role in reducing emotional stress and improving the treatment outcomes for cancer patients. The articles review important behavioral, psychological, and social factors that improve the quality of life for patients with cancer at all stages. Also included are descriptions of counseling and educational programs. This is a vital resource for the emerging area psycho-oncology.

Table of Contents



I. Biobehavioral Model

  1. A Biobehavioral Model of Cancer Stress and Disease Course
    —Barbara L. Andersen, Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, and Ronald Glaser

II. Coping and Adjusting

  1. Patterns of Coping With Cancer
    —Christine Dunkel-Schetter, Lawrence G. Feinstein, Shelley E. Taylor, and Roberta L. Falke
  2. Social Support and Adjustment to Cancer: Reconciling Descriptive, Correlational, and Intervention Research
    —Vicki S. Helgeson and Sheldon Cohen
  3. Psychological Adjustment in Adults With Cancer: The Self as Mediator
    —Susan M. Heidrich, Cynthia A. Forsthoff, and Sandra E. Ward
  4. How Coping Mediates the Effect of Optimism on Distress: A Study of Women With Early Stage Breast Cancer
    —Charles S. Carver, Christine Pozo, Suzanne D. Harris, Victoria Noriega, Michael F. Scheier, David S. Robinson, Alfred S. Ketcham, Frederick L. Moffat, Jr., and Kimberley C. Clark

III. Interventions and Outcomes

  1. Psychological Interventions for Cancer Patients to Enhance the Quality of Life
    —Barbara L. Andersen
  2. Effects of Psychosocial Interventions With Adult Cancer Patients: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Experiments
    —Thomas J. Meyer and Melvin M. Mark
  3. Ethnicity and Cancer Outcomes: Behavioral and Psychosocial Considerations
    —Beth E. Meyerowitz, Jean Richardson, Sharon Hudson, and Beth Leedham
  4. Etiology and Treatment of the Psychological Side Effects Associated With Cancer Chemotherapy: A Critical Review and Discussion
    —Michael P. Carey and Thomas G. Burish
  5. Psychosocial Outcomes of Breast-Conserving Surgery Versus Mastectomy: A Meta-Analytic Review
    —Anne Moyer

IV. Family Dynamics

  1. When Mom or Dad has Cancer: Markers of Psychological Distress in Cancer Patients, Spouses, and Children
    —Bruce E. Compas, Nancy L. Worsham, JoAnne E. Epping-Jordan, Kathryn E. Grant, Gina Mireault, David C. Howell, and Vanessa L. Malcarne
  2. Young Adolescent Cancer Survivors and Their Parents: Adjustment, Learning Problems, and Gender
    —Anne E. Kazak, Dimitri Christakis, Melissa Alderfer, and Mary Jo Coiro
  3. Involving Parents in Cancer Risk Reduction: A Program for Hispanic American Families
    —Marian L. Fitzgibbon, Melinda R. Stolley, Mary E. Avellone, Sharon Sugerman, and Noel Chavez

V. Disease Course

  1. Predictors of Cancer Progression in Young Adult Men and Women: Avoidance, Intrusive Thoughts, and Psychological Symptoms
    —JoAnne E. Epping-Jordan, Bruce E. Compas, and David C. Howell
  2. Pessimism, Age, and Cancer Mortality
    —Richard Schulz, Jamila Bookwala, Judith E. Knapp, Michael F. Scheier, and Gail M. Williamson


  • Coping With Cancer: A Personal Odyssey
    —Henry P. David