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Psychosocial Issues Surrounding Cancer
Anne Moyer Ph.D.
The changing tone of cancer portrayals seems to be in step with changing societal beliefs. But that doesn’t mean there isn't room for improvement.
Young adult cancer patients face specific challenges as they experience disease during critical developmental, social, and reproductive years.
Relatively little is known about the risks and efficacy, as well as data security and protection, of mobile tools for cancer-related health.
Assessing risk for cancer through genetic testing is an important advancement for early detection and prevention—but some argue that the issue is more complex.
One study of cancer patients reporting some type of sleep difficulty at the start of their treatment showed rates close to 60 percent.
Recent research suggests that a significant minority of cancer patients are susceptible to opioid overuse.
Researchers are beginning to recognize the interconnectedness of human and companion animal health.
In recent years, an emphasis on patient autonomy has increased individuals’ involvement in their health care decisions.
Taking steps to avoid the onset of lymphedema is important: The condition is chronic once it has developed and managing it requires a great deal of effort.
What have been the contributions of psycho-oncology?
As a researcher, I devote some of my time enrolling in as a participant in research studies.
There is a need to address quality of life issues, specifically in the area of reproductive health, for young cancer patients.
About 29 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. report some kind of financial burden.
In deciding whether a research study or a clinical trial is right for them, potential participants should be armed with some knowledge.
Today, cancer is less stigmatized and more openly discussed, but stigma can still affect the well-being of cancer patients.
When cancer's emotional and physical pain makes one feel defective or alone, a place to find support, compassion, and build coping skills has the potential to go a long way.
With the physical, emotional, cognitive, and existential difficulties that cancer patients face, yoga seems like a fitting remedy.
Cancer treatment can make one reluctant to get moving.
As a health psychologist, I strive to learn all that I can about a lifestyle that promotes well being, including healthy eating.
Financial incentives for health behavior change capitalize on the insight that human behavior is influenced by its consequences.
Cancer and its treatment have many effects on patients that are relevant to their social and intimate relationships.
Expectations have the potential to influence the experience of cancer, for worse and for better.
This is the season when many of us pause to give thanks and perhaps look toward the future for renewal. How can these themes be connected to the cancer experience?
Being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer can involve many stresses and challenges.
Metaphors of battle and sport are prominent in our discourse regarding cancer.
A colleague once shared with me a practice that facilitates approaching the trials we encounter with patience, humility, and an open mind:
Anne Moyer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook University.