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Mens Sana Monogr. 2016 Jan-Dec;14(1):171-186. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.154532.

Lessons of Being a Patient--Personal Thoughts about Psycho-oncology in India.

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MD, Professor of Psychiatry (retd).


Psycho-oncology is a well-established field in the developed countries and 'distress' is recognised as the sixth vital sign in the care of persons diagnosed with cancer. However, centres in India caring for cancer do not make psycho-social aspects an essential part of their care programmes. The present narrative presents the personal journey of the author, reviews the situation of psycho-oncology in India and presents a three-part agenda for action.


Cancer; Coping; Mental Health; Self-care

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