Psychopharmacology in Oncology and Palliative Care

A Practical Manual

  • Luigi Grassi
  • Michelle Riba

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. General Aspects in Psychopharmacological Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luigi Grassi, Maria Giulia Nanni, Michelle Riba
      Pages 31-48
    3. Alex J. Mitchell, Barry D. Bultz
      Pages 49-67
    4. Luigi Grassi, Rosangela Caruso, Walter Baile
      Pages 69-80
  3. Psychotropic Drug Use in Clinical Oncology and Palliative Care Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ken Shimizu, Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, Hideki Onishi
      Pages 129-144
    3. Peter Fitzgerald, Madeline Li, Luigi Grassi, Gary Rodin
      Pages 145-161
    4. Daniel L. Hertz, Vicki L. Ellingrod, Melvin G. McInnis
      Pages 189-202
    5. Jong-Heun Kim, Chun-Kai Fang
      Pages 229-237
    6. Lúcia Monteiro, Andreia Ribeiro, Salomé Xavier
      Pages 239-266
    7. Steven D. Passik, Nicholas Miller, Matthew Ruehle, Kenneth L. Kirsh
      Pages 267-293
    8. Catherine Benedict, Christian J. Nelson
      Pages 295-313
  4. Special Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Rachel Y. Lynn, Alan D. Valentine
      Pages 317-330
    3. Andrea Iaboni, Peter Fitzgerald, Gary Rodin
      Pages 349-368
    4. Laura Ferrari, Augusto Caraceni
      Pages 369-380
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 407-418

About this book


This practical manual presents the main drugs and protocols currently used in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders in cancer and palliative care settings and explores the principal issues involved in such treatment. Significant clinical challenges encountered in the psychopharmacological management of various psychiatric conditions are discussed, covering aspects such as side-effects and drug-drug interactions. Attention is also paid to the emerging theme of adjuvant use of psychotropic drugs for the treatment of symptoms or syndromes not primarily related to psychiatric disorders (e.g. pain, hot flashes). In addition, practical suggestions are provided for dealing with special populations, including children, the elderly, and people affected by severe mental illness. The book is designed to be easy to read and to reference: information is clearly displayed in concise tables and boxes, accompanied by further detail within the text and clinical vignettes. The authors include some of the most renowned  clinicians working in the field of psycho-oncology. 


Classes of psychotropic drugs Depression in Cancer Patients Palliative Care in Cancer Psycho-Oncology Psychopharmacological Treatment Psychopharmacology Psychotic Disorders in Cancer patients Treatment of Delirium Treatment of hot-flashes drug-drug interactions

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Grassi
    • 1
  • Michelle Riba
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomedical & Specialty Surgical SciencesUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-40133-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-40134-3
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