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Exploring Gender and Cultural, Socioecological Considerations in Psycho-Oncology 

Exploring Gender and Cultural, Socioecological Considerations in Psycho-Oncology
Exploring Gender and Cultural, Socioecological Considerations in Psycho-Oncology

Kimlin Tam Ashing

, Judy Huei-yu Wang

, Marshalee George

, and Clement K. Gwede

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date: 04 December 2020

The field of psychosocial oncology must respond to the needs of increasingly diverse cancer patient and survivor populations. Taking a health equity approach, this chapter reviews the intersectionality of the gender, culture, and socioecological contexts relevant to psychosocial oncology and survivorship. The authors propose five initiatives to (1) ensure gender consideration in the way forward so that psychosocial oncology is more patient responsive in treatment and healing, (2) increase the diversity and capacity of psychosocial oncology providers by training health care providers and professionals from underrepresented groups, (3) expand the reach of psychosocial care beyond the confines of academic research institutes and cancer centers into community hospitals and settings, (4) increase participation of advocates and survivors in peer-based supportive care, and (5) encourage collaboration among psychosocial oncology professionals and organizations, advocates, and policy-makers to promote access to and availability of psychosocial supportive care for ethnic minority and underserved communities.

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