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Female Caregivers of Male Cancer Patients

Terry Badger and Chris Segrin

in Gender in Psycho-Oncology

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Published in print March 2018 | ISBN: 9780190462253
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190462284 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0007
Female Caregivers of Male Cancer Patients

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The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a relationship, rather than an individual problem, because there is a patient and often an informal caregiver. In terms of male cancer patients and their female caregivers, this is most often studied in the context of prostate cancer patients and their female caregivers. Concepts from the stress process model are used to organize research findings on the women caring for their male partners with cancer. This review illustrates how different contexts of care, primary objective stressors, and resources can all contribute to the primary subjective stressors (e.g., quality of life, relationship problems, role demands) experienced by dyads in this context. Interventions to help caregivers as well as directions for clinical practice and future research are discussed.

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Subjects: Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy ; Radiation Oncology ; Patient Care and End-of-Life Decision Making

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