Journal article

Psychotherapies in psycho-oncology. An exciting new challenge.

S Bloch, D Kissane

The British Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is ample scope to devise forms of psychotherapy in consultation-liaison psychiatry, including the newly evolving area of psycho-oncology. AIMS: To highlight the development of psychotherapy in psycho-oncology, providing two illustrations. METHOD: We report on conceptual and clinical research in the context of oncology and palliative care, focusing on (a) an approach for families at risk of maladaptive bereavement; and (b) a group programme for women newly diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. RESULTS: We were able to introduce new forms of psychological treatment for specific clinical groups, and anecdotal evidence points to useful benefits for participants. CONCLUSIONS..

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