A Model for Psychosocial Phasing in Cancer

  • Avery D. Weisman


Few oncology professionals would argue the contention that cancer often creates problems beyond those of the tumor itself. From the patient’s viewpoint, the human context of cancer encompasses more than a chronic disease of unknown origin, erratic course, unpredictable treatment, and uncertain outcome. For some patients, treatment offers an immediate solution; that is, they are cured. But for others, the diagnosis and original treatment are only the beginning of what may be an arduous and periodically distressing course that affects other aspects of life.


Psychosocial Problem Time Perspective Original Treatment Vulnerability Level Oncology Professional 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avery D. Weisman
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  1. 1.Project Omega and Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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