Beyond the psychotherapy and survival debate

The challenge of social disparity, depression and treatment adherence in psychosocial cancer care

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Abstract

The psychotherapy and cancer survival debate generated great interest in the psychoneuroimmunological and bio-behavioral mechanisms that might mediate any gain in survival. Recent methodologically-improved cognitive-existential, supportive-expressive and psycho-educational group interventions for patients with breast cancer and melanoma have not extended survival times. Shorter survival has been associated with social disparity and untreated clinical depression, potentially mediated by poorer adherence to anti-cancer treatments. Group therapy both prevents and treats depression. Future research could address these bio-behavioral mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2009

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