Illustrated with eleven case histories, "An Introduction to Psycho-Oncology" deals in a clear and simple manner with the reactions of cancer patients to their illness, reviewing current thinking on the subject of the possible psychosomatic aetiology of cancer, on the emotional or psychological reactions that it provokes, and on the medical treatment available to deal with it. In the context of a multidisciplinary approach that takes account of medical treatments as well as psychological interventions, Patrice Guex offers suggestions for better ways of communicating so as to provide a therapeutic partnership between carer and client. Every aspect of cancer care, including pain relief, psychopharmology, and complementary medicine is considered, paying special attention to the needs of terminal patients and the ways in which they can be helped while having regard for their human dignity.
"An excellent and up-to-date primer . . . clearly translated, easy to read and studded with useful examples from Professor Guex's personal experience, I would commend it to all those who deal with cancer patients, whatever their background . . .."
." . . this book provides a holistic review of psycho-oncology. It will prove very useful for those coming into contact with cancer patients."