Psychosocial aspects of breast cancer treatment.

  title={Psychosocial aspects of breast cancer treatment.},
  author={David R. Spiegel},
  journal={Seminars in oncology},
  volume={24 1 Suppl 1},
Social stress, psychological distress, and psychosocial support effect the adjustment of breast cancer patients, influence their experience of and adherence to medical treatment, and may effect the course of the disease. The literature indicates that levels of distress, depression, and anxiety are substantially elevated among patients with breast cancer. These problems persist in a sizable minority of patients even years after diagnosis. Coping styles are related to adjustment and, in some… CONTINUE READING