Mental health providers working in oncology encounter a broad spectrum of patients and situations. From innumerable forms of disease at various stages of progression, to the wide range of medication side effects and varying prognoses, cancer treatment is incredibly complex. And practitioners — like the patients they serve — can be easily overwhelmed.

Psychological Treatment of Patients With Cancer offers a succinct but comprehensive guide to psycho-oncological practice.

Designed to build a foundation of knowledge that tackles the depth and breadth of the field, this volume includes a range of psychological interventions aimed at helping patients cope with cancer treatment. Chapters describe assessment and treatment of common problems including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and cover broader themes in cancer care including the impact on families.

Brief, easy to digest, and highly approachable, this is a must-have resource for practitioners and advanced graduate students in the field of psycho-oncology.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


I. An Overview of Psychosocial Oncology

  1. An Overview of Cancer for the Mental Health Professional
  2. Etiology and Sociocultural Factors Related to Cancer
  3. Standard Medical Treatments for Cancer and Patient Decision Making

II. Psychological Assessment and Interventions for Common Comorbid Problems

  1. Assessment and Treatment of Depression
  2. Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety
  3. Sleep Dysregulation and Fatigue
  4. Sexual Dysfunction and Negative Body Image
  5. Impact of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment on the Family, and the Role of Social Support
  6. Posttreatment Psychological Sequelae
  7. Existential Themes in Cancer Care
  8. Future Directions in Practice and Clinician Self-Care



About the Author

Author Bio

Ellen A. Dornelas, PhD, is the director for cancer clinical research at Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute in Connecticut and associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Dornelas received her degree in health psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, NY. She has focused her career on the integration of practice and research in clinical health psychology.

Dr. Dornelas is recognized for her expertise in treating people with heart disease as well as cancer. She has supervised and mentored students for more than two decades.

Dr. Dornelas has authored multiple books and journal articles and is a featured guest expert on APA's Psychotherapy Video Series. She is a Fellow in APA Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) and a practicing psychotherapist.

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