Models of Group Intervention for Cancer Patients and Families

  • Mary L. S. Vachon


A diagnosis of cancer confronts the patient and family with a major life crisis. With few exceptions, an extended period of uncertainty follows the initial diagnosis and treatment while all await the eventual outcome of the disease. Research has documented this period of uncertainty, (1-3) identified factors most apt to be associated with high distress in response to the disease and treatment (4-11) looked at the periods of adaptation to cancer most associated with distress, (12,13) and delineated the psychological factors associated with long-term survival with cancer. (8,14-16)


American Cancer Society Body Image Disturbance High Distress Anticipatory Nausea Systematic Desensitization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary L. S. Vachon
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social and Community Psychiatry, Clarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Princess Margaret HospitalTorontoCanada

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