Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 23–29

Psychosocial Care in Cancer


DOI: 10.1007/s11920-011-0246-7

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Artherholt, S.B. & Fann, J.R. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2012) 14: 23. doi:10.1007/s11920-011-0246-7


Psychosocial care for cancer patients historically has been overlooked as an aspect of quality clinical care. However, several organizations have recently made strong recommendations for inclusion of psychosocial care across the continuum of treatment, from diagnosis, through treatment, into survivorship, and in the palliative stages of care. The evidence base for screening, diagnosis, and effective treatment of psychosocial issues in the context of cancer care is growing. Recent highly relevant research covering major topics in psycho-oncology, including distress, delivery of care, psychoneuroimmunology, and cognitive deficits related to cancer, is reviewed in this article.


Psycho-oncologyCancerPsychosocialDistressDepressionAnxietyScreeningHealth service deliveryPalliative careBiobehavioralBiopsychosocialPsychoneuroimmunologyCognitionChemo brainChemo fogDelirium

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Washington School of Medicine; Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterSeattleUSA