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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.

Group Interventions
Group interventions

Many of the concerns faced by women with breast cancer can be effectively addressed through participation in professionally led support groups. Although groups can provide psychological, spiritual, and perhaps even physical healing that may not be possible to the same extent via individual therapy, many women are reluctant to join a group. Possible obstacles are fear of burdening or being burdened by other group members, shame about exposing themselves to others, concern about making an additional time commitment when they are already feeling so overwhelmed, and confusion about how the group can be helpful to them. It is imperative for mental health professionals to communicate to their primary referral sources, in effect managed care companies and medical personnel, the demonstrated benefits and ...

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