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This comprehensive guide for mental health practitioners and medical professionals addresses the delicate issues surrounding breast cancer and the processes involved in emotional coping and healing. The book covers concerns of family members as well as women worried about developing breast cancer.

How to Do a Psychosocial Assessment
How to do a psychosocial assessment

Strangers peering and poking at their naked breasts, purple lines drawn on their bodies that indicate areas for radiation therapy, paper gowns, and cold steel tables are the things that women with breast cancer come to know all too well. Diagnostic and treatment procedures for breast cancer can be dehumanizing. Technological advances in cancer treatment, coupled with increasing pressures on physicians to provide cost-effective service, lead to more rushed and less personal treatment, with the result that many women with breast cancer feel like they are being treated as objects. Psychological assessment may be equally invasive and dehumanizing if the counselor is not sensitive to the client and her situation. A clinical interview allows ...

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