Depression and Cancer. World Psychiatric Association

  • ID: 2175121
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 258 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the multiple interrelationships between depression and various physical diseases. The WPA is providing an update of currently available evidence on these interrelationships by the publication of three books, dealing with the comorbidity of depression with diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Depression is a frequent and serious comorbid condition in people with cancer, which has a major negative impact on their quality of life and long–term prognosis.

Depression and Cancer is the first book devoted to the interaction between these important disorders.  It examines various aspects of this comorbidity and describes how the negative consequences of depression in cancer could be avoided or ameliorated, given that effective depression treatments for cancer patients are available. World leaders in psychiatry and oncology summarize the latest evidence on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, screening and recognition, impact on treatment adherence and survival, pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, clinical management, and cultural and public health implications of depression in persons with cancer.

Its practical approach makes this book ideal for all those involved with the management of these patients: psychiatrists, psychologists, oncologists, general practitioners, and cancer and mental health nurses.

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List of Contributors.


1 The Prevalence of Depression in People with Cancer (Mary Jane Massie, Mari Lloyd–Williams, Greg Irving and Kimberley Miller).

2 Psychological Adaptation, Demoralization and Depression in People with Cancer (David M. Clarke).

3 Biology of Depression and Cytokines in Cancer (Dominique L. Musselman, Andrew H. Miller, Erica B. Royster and Marcia D. McNutt).

4 Recognition of Depression and Methods of Depression Screening in People with Cancer (Steven D. Passik and Amy E. Lowery).

5 Impact of Depression on Treatment Adherence and Survival from Cancer (M. Robin DiMatteo and Kelly B. Haskard–Zolnierek).

6 Suicide and Desire for Hastened Death in People with Cancer (William Breitbart, Hayley Pessin and Elissa Kolva).

7 Pharmacotherapy of Depression in People with Cancer (Luigi Grassi, Maria Giulia Nanni, Yosuke Uchitomi and Michelle Riba).

8 Psychotherapy for Depression in Cancer and Palliative Care (David W. Kissane, Tomer Levin, Sarah Hales, Christopher Lo and Gary Rodin).

9 Depression and Cancer: the Role of Culture and Social Disparities (Christoffer Johansen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton and Pernille Envold Bidstrup).



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David W. Kissane is an academic consultation–liaison psychiatrist, psycho–oncologist and psychotherapy researcher in cancer and palliative care. He is the incumbent in the Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psycho–Oncology, attending Psychiatrist at The Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a past President of the International Psycho–Oncology Society (2000–03) and recipient of their Arthur Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psycho–oncology in 2008. He is the author of over 150 publications, including two books,Family Focused Grief Therapy (2002) and Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care (2009). At Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center′s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, he has established a state–of–the–art Communication Skills Training and Research Laboratory and a Psychotherapy Research Laboratory.

Mario Maj is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Naples, Italy. President of the World Psychiatric Association. Formerly President of the Italian Psychiatric Association; President of the Italian Society of Biological Psychiatry (since 1990); Secretary–General of the Association of European Psychiatrists (2001–2002); President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (2002). He is the Italian psychiatrist with the highest number of citations in indexed journals in the period 1981–2008.

Norman Sartorius, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Sartorius is President of the International Association for the Promotion of Mental Health Programmes. Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and of the American College of Psychiatry; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. Member of WPA Council.

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