Case 3 The Lonely Road (Prostate Cancer)

  • Margaret E. Backman


Howard was referred for psychotherapy by his treating physician because he was severely depressed. Tears would well up in his eyes during examinations, and he was unable to speak without crying. The idea of seeing a psychotherapist bothered him because he saw it as a further recognition that he was losing control of his life. He eventually agreed to go into therapy, however, since it was becoming clearer to him that he could no longer cope on his own. And “on his own” was how he felt, despite the fact that he had a wife and a stepson.


Prostate Cancer Family Therapy American Cancer Society Prostatic Hypertrophy Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Backman
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  1. 1.Office of Health ServicesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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