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Communication issues across the disciplines 

Communication issues across the disciplines

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date: 27 May 2017

The prevalence of multifactoral distress is significant for cancer patients. In busy and highly specialized tumour clinics, screening for distress brings the science of caring to the team and enhances the role psychosocial oncology plays in the cancer centre. Standardized screening for distress is a simple and effective tool that can help the clinical team better understand, communicate, address patient concerns, and refer to the right professional in a timely way. Screening for distress has been widely endorsed and has become an accreditation standard in many jurisdictions around the world. Modern cancer care must incorporate screening for distress as routine practice in care of the patient.

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