Supportive-Expressive and Other Forms of Group Psychotherapy in Cancer Care

David W Kissane, Catherine Ngan

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Group therapy in cancer care commonly involves application of supportive-expressive, cognitively oriented, or meaning-centered models, which seek to optimize quality of life and adaptation to the illness through inherent group support, psycho-education, and improved coping outcomes. Groups reduce fear of recurrence and cancer-related anxiety for early stage disease. In the advanced cancer setting, groups ameliorate and prevent depression, reduce existential distress, and promote creative and purposeful living among their members. Overcoming social isolation, treating depression, and enhancing adherence to anti-cancer therapies have the potential to extend survival. Meta-analyses of supportive-expressive groups have confirmed a survival benefit at one year, which has not been sustained over five years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsycho-Oncology
EditorsJimmie C Holland, William S Breitbart, Paul B Jacobsen, Matthew J Loscalzo, Ruth McCorkle, Phyllis N Butow
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780199363315
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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