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Genetic Testing for Cancer : Psychological Approaches for Helping Patients and Families - Andrea Farkas Patenaude

Genetic Testing for Cancer

Psychological Approaches for Helping Patients and Families

Hardcover Published: 10th November 2004
ISBN: 9781591471103
Number Of Pages: 312

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In the coming decades, as more genes are found which convey predisposition to serious diseases, genetics will play an increasingly important role in the lives of patients seeking psychotherapeutic and family therapy services. To help patients with concerns about inherited predisposition to cancer and genetic testing, mental health professionals need to understand the psychological issues patients and families experience when they confront the prospect of learning what fate has dealt them through their genes. Psychological Aspects of Cancer Genetic Testing offers a thorough base of information about genetics, explanations of what is and is not known about cancer genetics, and descriptions of the genetic counseling process. But most importantly, this volume extensively reviews the psychological problems and dilemmas that patients concerned about hereditary cancer experience. The author skillfully and insightfully delves into personal and emotional concerns, the impact of receiving genetic test results, family and child-related matters, the challenge of making momentous decisions about prophylactic surgery, as well as complex social and ethical issues. Because psychologists and other mental health providers are trained in understanding and optimizing complex family interactions, they are in a prime position to help individuals cope with health-related threats and with the reality of inherited illness. They are, thus, poised to improve the quality of life of patients with issues related to the impact of hereditary cancer predisposition.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction. The Genetic Revolution: Where Are We?p. 3
Genes and Cancer: The Basicsp. 17
Cancer Genes and Cancer Riskp. 41
Genetic Counseling for Cancer Genesp. 73
Emotional Baggage: Unresolved Grief, Emotional Distress, Risk Perception, and Health Beliefs and Behaviorsp. 109
Opening Pandora's Box: Disclosure of the Results of Cancer Genetic Testingp. 141
Prophylactic Surgeryp. 169
A Family Matterp. 205
Children and Genetic Testingp. 229
Social and Ethical Issues: Duty to Warn, Autonomy, Privacy, and Discriminationp. 251
Genetics and Social Changep. 267
Additional Resourcesp. 277
Indexp. 285
About the Authorp. 305
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ISBN: 9781591471103
ISBN-10: 1591471109
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 10th November 2004
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.88