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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care$
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Mari Lloyd-Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.001.0001

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Social Impact of Advanced Metastatic Cancer

Social Impact of Advanced Metastatic Cancer

(p.49) Chapter 3 Social Impact of Advanced Metastatic Cancer
Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Frances Sheldon

Pam Firth

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the psychosocial impact of advanced metastatic cancer on the patient and family. It discusses the results of several studies indicating that social isolation is a major issue for patients who have been suffering from cancer for a long time and that metastatic cancer patients and their spouses also experience a decrease in sexual drive, recreation, and style and content of communication. Other research also reveals that changes or improvement in cancer treatment have led many children to live much of their childhood with a sick parent and they can often become young carers.

Keywords:   metastatic cancer, psychosocial impact, cancer patients, family, social isolation, sexual drive, communication

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