Coping with Cancer

Vanessa L. Malcarne

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Coping with Cancer

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This chapter addresses coping within the context of the adult cancer experience. It does not provide a comprehensive overview of the enormous literature on coping with cancer, but rather considers a range of relevant issues that have challenged coping researchers in the past, and are expected to do so in the future. The chapter first describes how coping has been conceptualized and measured in relation to both appraisals and outcomes, then discusses methodological concerns about research to date. Next, the efficacy of coping interventions and potential underlying mechanisms are considered. The challenge of translating research to practice, including whether interventions are cost-effective and relevant, is addressed, followed by a discussion of the provocative question of whether coping interventions can impact survival parameters. The chapter concludes by presenting specific coping strategies that will likely be the focus of future research, and key issues to be addressed by future cancer coping researchers.

Keywords: Cancer; coping; stress; appraisal; interventions; measurement; survival

Article.  17312 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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