Psycho-Oncology: A Patient’s View

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 197)


Culturally the most important, valued, and less stigmatized part of cancer care is the medical part: The surgeon cutting the tumors out and the oncologist leading the strategic decision-making of the medical treatments available. The least valued and stigmatized part of cancer remains the psychosocial care. This chapter describes––through the eyes of an academic, psychologist, stage IV melanoma patient, and patient advocate––how one patient navigated changing psycho-oncological needs from early stage to stage IV through a whole range of psychological interventions available. Her voice joins that of all cancer patients around the world whom are urgently calling for psycho-oncological care to be fully recognized as a central part of cancer treatment.


Positive Emotion Posttraumatic Growth Distress Thermometer Psychosocial Care Side Dish 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Emile Berhneim Solvay Brussels School of Economics and ManagementUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Melanoma Independent Community Advisory BoardEuropean Cancer Patient CoalitionBrusselsBelgium

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