Cancer, Culture, and Communication

  • Rhonda J. Moore
  • David Spiegel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Rhonda J. Moore, David J. Spiegel
      Pages 1-11
  3. Cancer across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Rhonda J. Moore, Phyllis Butow
      Pages 15-45
    3. Lodovico Balducci, Darlene Johnson, Claudia Beghe
      Pages 77-108
    4. Edward J. Estlin, Javier R. Kane
      Pages 109-126
    5. Patricia T. Kelly
      Pages 127-134
  4. Cancer Interventions across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. John H. Weisburger
      Pages 137-156
    3. Samuel Mun Yin Ho, Pierre Saltel, Jean-Luc Machavoine, Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman, David Spiegel
      Pages 157-183
  5. Symptoms and Their Management across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Judith A. Paice, Joseph F. O’Donnell
      Pages 187-219
    3. Edzard Ernst, Clare Stevinson
      Pages 221-237
  6. Dying and Death in Different Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Richard T. Penson
      Pages 241-279
    3. Christopher A. Gibson, Hayley Pessin, Colleen S. McLain, Ami D. Shah, William Breitbart
      Pages 281-298
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-317

About this book


The ability to communicate effectively with cancer patients and their family members has been linked to patient satisfaction, reduced psychological morbidity, enhanced health and reduced clinician "burn-out". Yet, despite what we know about the benefits of effective communication, cancer clinicians have only recently begun to receive routine training in the psychosocial and emotional aspects of cancer patient care.
This volume creates a multi-disciplinary dialogue about clinician-patient communication. It offers a description of the relevance of culture as a contextual effect that impacts the clinician-patient relationship. Some important topics addressed include:

-Oncology care;

-Quality of life issues;

-Supportive survivorship;

-Cultural differences in health care;

-Multidisciplinary medical approaches.

This book is for physicians, nurses, hospice and palliative care professionals and public health professionals who would like to understand the ways we can improve clinician-patient communication in culturally diverse medical settings. It is also suitable for graduate level courses in medical education, oncology, and health care.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rhonda J. Moore
    • 1
  • David Spiegel
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institutes of HealthBethesda
  2. 2.Stanford University School of MedicineStanford

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47885-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48007-2
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