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Psycho-oncology is a field of medical study and practice at the intersection of psychology and oncology. It is concerned with aspects of cancer that go beyond medical treatment and include psychological and psychosocial aspects of cancer. Sometimes it is also referred to as psycosocial oncology or behavioral oncology because it deals with psychosocial and behavioral topics. The field is concerned both with the effects of cancer on a person's psychological health as well as the social and behavioral factors that may affect the disease process of cancer.
There is an international society, The International Psycho-Oncology Society, that is "dedicated to fostering the science of psychosocial and behavioral oncology and improving the care of cancer patients and their families throughout the world."
References & Bibliography
- Levin, Tomer, Weiner, Joseph S., Saravay, Stephen M. and Deakins, Susan (2004). Two-Year Evaluation of the Logic Model for Developing a Psycho-Oncology Service Psychiatr Serv 55:427-433, April
- Cancer and psyche: between scientific intervention and position of omnipotence at www.psicoanalisi.it
- Psychologic support for cancer patients at www.psychooncology.gr
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