Adaptive Coping Mechanisms in Adult Acute Leukemia Patients in Remission

  • Judith B. Sanders
  • Carl G. Kardinal


The adult patient with [a] life-threatening disease such as acute leukemia uses coping behaviors or mechanisms that serve the purpose of adjustment to illness and disability. The patient in a drug induced remission possesses a unique set of circumstances as he adjusts to an altered life-style. Physically, he is asymptomatic; there is no clinical evidence of disease. Emotionally, he must adjust to learning how to deal with the always present underlying fear and anxiety that the disease will recur and become uncontrollable. Socially, he must adjust to a new role and altered lifestyle.


Acute Leukemia Coping Behavior Leukemia Patient Adaptive Coping Sick Role 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith B. Sanders
    • 1
  • Carl G. Kardinal
    • 2
  1. 1.Fulton State Mental HospitalFultonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineEllis Fischel State Cancer HospitalColumbiaUSA

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