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Psychological distress and intervention in cancer patients treated with radiotherapy

  title={Psychological distress and intervention in cancer patients treated with radiotherapy},
  author={Mojca {\vS}o{\vs}tari{\vc} and Lilijana {\vS}prah},
  journal={Radiology and Oncology},
Background. Common side effects of treatment with radiation therapy (RT) often cause psychophysical distress in cancer patients. Anxiety, adjustment disorders and depression (which are according to many studies experienced in about half of the oncological population) might originate some serious psychiatric forms of mood disorders and can even culminate in suicide, if not treated appropriately. There are some groups of cancer patients who are especially vulnerable and among them are cancer… 


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