Psychosocial Interventions for People With Cancer

Authored by: Leigh Anne Faul , Paul B. Jacobsen

Handbook of Health Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805864618
eBook ISBN: 9780203804100
Adobe ISBN: 9781136638299

10.4324/9780203804100.ch30

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Abstract

Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will develop cancer at some point during their lifetime (American Cancer Society, 2010). The chances for these individuals to survive cancer vary considerably depending on the specific type diagnosed, the extent of disease at the time of initial diagnosis, and the responsiveness of the disease to treatment. Much of the early effort to combat cancer focused exclusively on testing new therapies to improve the quantity of patients’ lives (i.e., survival). These efforts, combined with improvements in early detection, have yielded impressive gains for certain forms of the disease.

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