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Exploring Gender and Cultural, Socioecological Considerations in Psycho-Oncology

Kimlin Tam Ashing, Judy Huei-yu Wang, Marshalee George and Clement K. Gwede

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/9780190462253.003.0010
Exploring Gender and Cultural, Socioecological Considerations in Psycho-Oncology

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The field of psychosocial oncology must respond to the needs of increasingly diverse cancer patient and survivor populations. Taking a health equity approach, this chapter reviews the intersectionality of the gender, culture, and socioecological contexts relevant to psychosocial oncology and survivorship. The authors propose five initiatives to (1) ensure gender consideration in the way forward so that psychosocial oncology is more patient responsive in treatment and healing, (2) increase the diversity and capacity of psychosocial oncology providers by training health care providers and professionals from underrepresented groups, (3) expand the reach of psychosocial care beyond the confines of academic research institutes and cancer centers into community hospitals and settings, (4) increase participation of advocates and survivors in peer-based supportive care, and (5) encourage collaboration among psychosocial oncology professionals and organizations, advocates, and policy-makers to promote access to and availability of psychosocial supportive care for ethnic minority and underserved communities.

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

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