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Nonpharmacological Interventions 

Nonpharmacological Interventions
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Nonpharmacological Interventions
Author(s):

Mitch Golant

, Matthew Loscalzo

, and Margo W. Walsh

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199988730.003.0003
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date: 05 December 2020

This chapter outlines some easy and helpful brief nonpharmacological interventions and suggests referrals to support groups and advocacy organizations in the patient's community for added support. There are five evidenced-based interventions that the primary oncology staff can use for managing mild to moderate forms of distress encountered in daily practice: cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), stress reduction exercises, problem-solving techniques: COPE exercise, support groups. Support groups or advocacy organizations are particularly helpful for patients who have few personal or social resources. The chapter also covers complementary therapies such as music/dance therapy, art therapy, and journaling. Hotlines are also provided for communities in which counselors trained in oncology are not readily available.

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