Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer

  • C. D. ShermanJr.
Part of the UICC International Union Against Cancer book series (UICCI)


Of all diseases, cancer is the one that has the most formidable psychological impact. It implies not only death — the destiny of us all — but a progressive and painful approach to it, and mutilation — either natural or post-therapeutic. The risk of sudden death from cardiovascular disease is less frightening. The risk of infectious or diabetic disease is even less so because, rightly or wrongly, it is thought that the body, whether aided by treatment or not, can fight and overcome it. It is the perception of the incurability of cancer, as well as the fear of the often radical therapy and changed body image from cancer treatment, that strikes terror.


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Further Reading

  1. American Cancer Society (n.d.) I Can Cope. ACS, Atlanta, GeorgianGoogle Scholar
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