ERIC Number: ED337725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Cervical Cancer: A Review of the Psychosocial Factors Following Treatment.
Gilliland, Kevin Clark
Cervical cancer is a diagnosis that has a profound psychosocial impact, constituting a physical and emotional crisis for patients as well as family. In general, research indicates that the choice of treatment and the stage of the disease are instrumental in determining the psychosocial adjustment. Disruptions are likely to occur in self-esteem, sexuality, intimacy, and communication. The complexities of both the disease and the treatment of cancer make research design a difficult task. While a few researchers have been able to define and operationalize important factors, the research in general is lacking in well controlled studies. Variables such as age of the patient, stage of the disease, pre- and post-treatment functioning, and the treatment approach are important components that affect the rehabilitation process. All of these areas need better control and further assessment in future studies. In regard to rehabilitation, strategies need to address the patient as well as her partner. The psychosocial intervention should include a strategy that considers emotional needs and conveys accurate information and education about diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. While intervention is necessary at the early stages of treatment, it is essential that it continue in order to address long-term adjustment issues frequently found with cancer patients. (LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers: Cervical Disease; Psychosocial Factors
Note: A Doctor of Psychology research paper, Biola University.