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Social Impact of Advanced Metastatic Cancer

Frances Sheldon and Pam Firth

in Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Second edition

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216420
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.003.0003
Social Impact of Advanced Metastatic Cancer

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This chapter examines the psychosocial impact of advanced metastatic cancer on the patient and family. It discusses the results of several studies indicating that social isolation is a major issue for patients who have been suffering from cancer for a long time and that metastatic cancer patients and their spouses also experience a decrease in sexual drive, recreation, and style and content of communication. Other research also reveals that changes or improvement in cancer treatment have led many children to live much of their childhood with a sick parent and they can often become young carers.

Keywords: metastatic cancer; psychosocial impact; cancer patients; family; social isolation; sexual drive; communication

Chapter.  1582 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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