Cancer and the Family Life Cycle: A Practitioner's Guide

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This book uses current psychosocial literature in combination with empirical research and clinical accounts of family adaptation to help professionals and families cope with the impact of cancer. It is broad in scope and includes families in any life cycle (i.e. single adults, children, adolescents, and later life). This book, with its solid theoretical foundation, will be especially beneficial to any professional who is helping a family to adapt to cancer.
 

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Contents

The Existential Crisis
29
The Long Haul
83
Living in Limbo
118
In a Strange Land
208
Index
243
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Theresa A. Veach, Ph.D., obtained her doctorate in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She currently works with individuals and families at St. Joesph Hospital and Health Center in Kokomo, Indiana. She is a consultant for the department of radiation oncology, the Higgins Center for Women's Wellness, the hospital's pain program, St. Joseph at Home Hospice, and the palliative care task force. Donald R. Nicholas, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University and serves as Associate Director of Psycho-Oncology at Ball Cancer Center of Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. He has worked with cancer patients and their families for over 15 years, while also establishing an active research and training program through which over 35 doctoral-level counseling psychology students have received training in psycho-oncology. Marci A. Barton, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the Director of the Cancer Patient Support Program at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School Medicine, Charleston Division. Dr. Barton is actively involved in psycho-oncology research and presenting at national conferences.

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