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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay


This book provides clinicians with practical and evidence-based guidelines to achieve effective, patient-centred communication in the areas of cancer and palliative care. It breaks communication down into key modules that cover the life-cycle of cancer care and includes coverage of diagnosis and treatment including clinical trials, empathic support in response to distress, transition to survivorship or palliative therapies, discussion of prognosis, conduct of family meetings, and care of the dying. Complementary training of cancer patients in their communication with the doctor completes the i ... More

Keywords: patient-centred communication, cancer, palliative care, salvage surgery, treatment adherence, intercultural issues, diagnosis, training, sexuality, clinical trials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kissane, editor
Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psycho-Oncology, Attending Psychiatrist and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, USA

Barry Bultz, editor
Director, Department of Psychosocial Resources, Program Leader: Psychosocial Oncology, Supportive, Pain and Palliative Care, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and Chair and Adjunct Professor, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, Canada
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Phyllis Butow, editor
Professor, NHMRC Principle Research Fellow, and Chair of the Australian Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia
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Chapter 6 Gender, power, and non-verbal communication

Marianne Schmid Mast, Christina Klöckner, and Judith A Hall

Chapter 9 Breaking bad news

Walter F Baile, and Patricia A Parker

Chapter 10 Discussing prognosis and communicating risk

Phyllis N Butow, Martin HN Tattersall, and Martin Stockler

Chapter 12 Responding to difficult emotions

Jennifer Philip, and David W Kissane

Chapter 13 Denial and communication

Linda Sheahan, and Simon Wein

Chapter 14 Communicating with relatives/companions about cancer care

Terrance L Albrecht, Susan S Eggly, and John C Ruckdeschel

Chapter 15 Conducting a family meeting

Nessa Coyle, and David W Kissane

Chapter 16 Communication about coping as a survivor

Linda E Carlson, and Barry D Bultz

Chapter 19 End-of-life communication training

Tomer Levin, and Joseph S Weiner

Section C A specialty curriculum for oncology

Section editor: Phyllis N Butow

Chapter 20 Enrolment in clinical trials

Richard Brown, and Terrance L Albrecht

Chapter 22 Communicating genetic risk

Elizabeth Lobb, and Clara Gaff

Chapter 23 Rehabilitative and salvage surgery

Andrea Pusic, Rachel Bell, and Diana Harcourt

Chapter 24 Discussing unproven therapies

Penelope Schofield, Justine Diggens, Sue Hegarty, Catherine Charleson, Rita Marigliani, Caroline Nehill, and Michael Jefford

Chapter 26 Promoting treatment adherence

Kelly B Haskard, and M Robin DiMatteo

Chapter 28 Discussing adverse outcomes with patients

Thomas H Gallagher, and Afaf Girgis

Chapter 32 Challenges in communicating with ethnically diverse populations

Bejoy C Thomas, Joshua J Lounsberry, and Linda E Carlson

Chapter 33 Intercultural communication in palliative care

James Hallenbeck, and Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil

Chapter 34 Communicating about infertility risks

Zeev Rosberger, Jeanne Carter, Marie Achille, Barry D Bultz, and Peter Chan

Chapter 35 Communicating about sexuality in cancer care

John W Robinson, and Joshua J Lounsberry

Chapter 37 Ambulatory care nurses responding to depression

Anthony De La Cruz, Richard Brown, and Steve Passik

Chapter 38 Social work support in settings of crisis

Carrie Lethborg, and Grace Christ

Chapter 39 Communication in cancer radiology

Kimberly Feigin, and Laura Liberman

Chapter 40 Communication in surgical oncology

Alexandra Heerdt, Bernard Park, and Patrick Boland

Chapter 41 Communication in non-surgical oncology

Lai Cheng Yew, and E Jane Maher

Chapter 45 Psychosocial programme development

Barry D Bultz, Paul B Jacobsen, and Matthew Loscalzo

Chapter 48 Communicating with children when a parent is dying

Cynthia W Moore, Michele Pengelly, and Paula K Rauch

Chapter 49 Creative arts in oncology

Marilyn Hundleby, Kate Collie, and Linda E Carlson

Section E Education and Training

Section Editor: Barry D Bultz

Chapter 50 Learner-centred communication training

Suzanne M Kurtz, and Lara J Cooke

Chapter 51 Facilitating skills practice in communication role-play sessions: essential elements and training facilitators

Carma L Bylund, Richard Brown, Barbara Lubrano di Ciccone, and Lyuba Konopasek

Chapter 54 The Oncotalk model

Robert M Arnold, Anthony T Back, Walter F Baile, Kelly Fryer-Edwards, and James A Tulsky

Chapter 55 The Swiss model

Stiefel F, Bernhard J, Bianchi G, Dietrich L, Hürny Ch, Kiss A, and Wössmer B

Chapter 56 The Australian model

Caroline Nehill, and Alison Evans

Chapter 58 Communication skills training and research: the Brussels experience

Isabelle Merckaert, Yves Libert, and Darius Razavi

Section G Research in cancer communication

Section editor: Barry D Bultz

Chapter 59 Evaluating communication skills training courses

Lyuba Konopasek, Marcy Rosenbaum, John Encandela, and Kathy Cole-kelly

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