Controversies in Psycho-Oncology

Michael Stefanek

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This chapter summarizes four current controversies in the field of psycho-oncology: (1) the benefit of screening for distress among cancer patients; (2) the effectiveness of psychological interventions among cancer patients; (3) the role of positive psychology (optimism, benefit finding) in cancer care; and (4) the benefit of group therapy in extending survival among cancer patients. Each controversy is briefly described with a general overview of the opposing viewpoints, a summary of the state of the science, and suggestions made for future directions in each case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychological Aspects of Cancer
EditorsJ Steele, BI Carr
Place of PublicationNew York, New York, USA
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781461448662, 1461448654, 9781461448655
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013


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