Cancer is extremely common and in many situations a truly frightening disease, but for too long the psychological aspects and effects have been ignored. An Introduction to Psycho-Oncology deals in a clear and simple manner with the reactions of cancer patients to their illness, and the ways in which they can be helped. In the context of a multidisciplinary approach that takes account of medical treatments as well as psychological interventions, Guex offers suggestions for better ways of communicating so as to provide a therapeutic partnership between carer and client.

chapter 1|10 pages

Psychosomatics and cancer

chapter 2|14 pages

Life turned upside down

chapter 3|14 pages

The concept of ‘quality of life’

chapter 4|10 pages

The pain of the cancer patient

chapter 5|8 pages

Psychopharmacology and cancer

chapter 6|4 pages

The diagnosis

chapter 7|10 pages

The doctor

chapter 8|4 pages

Nursing care

chapter 9|4 pages

Continuity of care

chapter 10|10 pages


chapter 11|12 pages

Complementary medicine

chapter 12|24 pages

The psychosocial approach

chapter 13|22 pages

Terminal illness