New directions in psycho-oncology

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The recent literature on psycho-oncology suggests that active coping, including participation in choice of treatment is related to lower subsequent psychological distress. New studies reveal surprisingly little difference in psychological outcome following either mastectomy or breast conservation, indicating that involvement in choosing the type of intervention may be more important in psychological outcome than the intervention itself. Studies examining social and emotional life stressors to cancer prevalence and progression have provided conflicting data. Some, but not all studies show that providing strong social and emotional support to cancer patients is associated with extended survival time.

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