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Psycho-Oncology 

Psycho-Oncology
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Psycho-Oncology
Author(s):

Kevin R. Patterson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329311.003.0018
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date: 24 October 2020

The field of psycho-oncology allows for the special considerations of mental health care that are unique to the cancer population. These include symptoms that can be related to psychiatric issues, but are also frequently related to medical problems and side effects of treatment (energy, sleep, pain, nausea, anorexia, and others). In addition, many cancers and their treatments are associated directly with changes in mood, anxiety, cognition, and personality. Understanding the ways that pre-existing symptoms can be affected by cancer, as well as the ways that new symptoms can manifest in the context of cancer care and treatment (such as chemotherapy), are critical skills for a C-L psychiatrist.

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