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Depression and Cancer

David W. Kissane (Editor), Mario Maj (Editor), Norman Sartorius (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-68966-0
258 pages
January 2011
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Recently, there has been a growing awareness of the multiple interrelationships between depression and cancer. Depression and Cancer is devoted to the interaction between these disorders. The book examines various aspects of this comorbidity and describes how the negative consequences of depression in cancer could be avoided or ameliorated, given that effective depression treatments for cancer patients are available. Renowned psychiatrists and oncologists summarize the latest evidence on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, screening and recognition, and cultural and public health implications of depression in persons with cancer, among other topics.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


1 The Prevalence of Depression in People with Cancer (Mary Jane Massie, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Greg Irving and Kimberley Miller).

2 Psychological Adaptation, Demoralization and Depression in People with Cancer (David M. Clarke).

3 Biology of Depression and Cytokines in Cancer (Dominique L. Musselman, Andrew H. Miller, Erica B. Royster and Marcia D. McNutt).

4 Recognition of Depression and Methods of Depression Screening in People with Cancer (Steven D. Passik and Amy E. Lowery).

5 Impact of Depression on Treatment Adherence and Survival from Cancer (M. Robin DiMatteo and Kelly B. Haskard-Zolnierek).

6 Suicide and Desire for Hastened Death in People with Cancer (William Breitbart, Hayley Pessin and Elissa Kolva).

7 Pharmacotherapy of Depression in People with Cancer (Luigi Grassi, Maria Giulia Nanni, Yosuke Uchitomi and Michelle Riba).

8 Psychotherapy for Depression in Cancer and Palliative Care (David W. Kissane, Tomer Levin, Sarah Hales, Christopher Lo and Gary Rodin).

9 Depression and Cancer: the Role of Culture and Social Disparities (Christoffer Johansen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton and Pernille Envold Bidstrup).



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Author Information

David W. Kissane is an academic consultation-liaison psychiatrist, psycho-oncologist and psychotherapy researcher in cancer and palliative care. He is the incumbent in the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psycho-Oncology, attending Psychiatrist at The Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a past President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (2000-03) and recipient of their Arthur Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psycho-oncology in 2008. He is the author of over 150 publications, including two books, Family Focused Grief Therapy (2002) and Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care (2009). At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, he has established a state-of-the-art Communication Skills Training and Research Laboratory and a Psychotherapy Research Laboratory.

Mario Maj is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Naples, Italy. President of the World Psychiatric Association. Formerly President of the Italian Psychiatric Association; President of the Italian Society of Biological Psychiatry (since 1990); Secretary-General of the Association of European Psychiatrists (2001-2002); President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (2002). He is the Italian psychiatrist with the highest number of citations in indexed journals in the period 1981-2008.

Norman Sartorius, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Sartorius is President of the International Association for the Promotion of Mental Health Programmes. Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and of the American College of Psychiatry; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. Member of WPA Council.

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Professor Reviews

“Well written and clearly indexed, it is extremely useful as a clinical guide but also could service as a sophisticated, but practical, overview of the psychiatric issues within oncology.  All health professionals who work with oncology patients in any capacity should have this on their desk. It is a gem that deserves many future editions.”  (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1 February 2014)

"Depression and Cancer provides a comprehensive bio-psychosocial review and a thought-provoking discussion of the profound questions raised by the association of depression and cancer." (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, December 2012)

"This is a well-written topic-review book that achieves the remarkable feat of being broad enough to be useful to any clinician working at the interface of cancer and depression, yet delves into enough depth to be an invaluable resource to the academician interested in this topic ... For a short, in-depth view into where depression and cancer intermingle, this is an excellent, must-read book." (Doody's, 11 November 2011)

"Depression and Cancer would be of use to most radiation, medical, and surgical oncologists as well as general practitioners dealing with oncologic patients. The first half of the book may also be of use to nurses and other health care workers given the importance of all team members in caring for the depressed cancer patient." (Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys, 2011)

"The present miniseries, Depression and Diabetes, Depression and Heart Disease and Depression and Cancer is a unique initiative to make physical diseases visible in psychiatry and to support the treatment ... To this reviewer the books have two strengths: their thematic broadness and the practical approach. The chapters about how to act clinically are excellent, pragmatic and consequently written .... The idea behind the series is excellent and the books are marvellous. After having read them no one will doubt that psychiatry is a medical speciality (that psychiatrists must be physicians first, psychiatrists next, that psychiatry must be done by psychiatrists and psychiatry must be lead by psychiatrists.)" (Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2011)
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