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Eur J Cancer. 1999 Oct;35(11):1559-64.

Psychosocial interventions for patients with cancer: what works and what doesn't.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine 90024-1759, USA.


With the successes that have been achieved in cancer care leading to patients surviving longer, the need for a variety of psychosocial intervention models is posing a new challenge to the field. This article reviews the general categories of interventions used most commonly: (1) education; (2) coping; (3) emotional support; and (4) psychotherapy. It provides a theoretical model for designing psychosocial interventions, and provides guidelines for assessing what works and what doesn't.

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