The Psychoimmunology of Cancer

Hardcover | June 1, 2002

EditorClaire Lewis, Rosalind OBrien, Jennifer Barraclough

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When the first edition of this book published in 1994, the psychoimmunology of cancer was still emerging as a topic for serious scientific study. Now, less than ten years later, there is a huge quantity of academic literature about the relationships between psychological variables, the immunesystem and cancer growth, accompanied by a lively popular interest. In this new edition leading specialists have provided broad critical reviews of the different aspects. Part I, which presents the biological background, will be of particular interest to those with technical knowledge of the relevant laboratory based disciplines. It covers mechanisms mediating the effects of psychological status in the immune system, and anti-cancer mechanisms involving the immunesystem. Part II is clinically orientated, and accessible to a wide audience. Whether psychotherapeutic interventions can help patients live longer, as well as coping better, is obviously the key question and several contributors consider the clinical evidence for this. A new, speculative chapteron the spiritual context of immunity and cancer has also been added. The psychoimmunology of cancer involves many complex issues, understanding of which remains far from complete. However, the contributors, besides reviewing the current state of knowledge and the implications for cancer patients, offer predictions for the future and ideas about further research.

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When the first edition of this book published in 1994, the psychoimmunology of cancer was still emerging as a topic for serious scientific study. Now, less than ten years later, there is a huge quantity of academic literature about the relationships between psychological variables, the immunesystem and cancer growth, accompanied by a ...

Claire Lewis is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Section of Pathology, Division of Oncology and Cellular Pathology, University of Sheffield Medical School, UK. Rosalind O'Brien is a Palliative Care Nurse. Jennifer Barraclough is a Consultant in Psychological Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceJ. Barraclough, C.E. Lewis and R. O'Brien: Part I: Psychology, immunity and cancer: the biological links1. Denise L. Bellinger, Srinivasan ThyagaRajan, Dianne Lorton, Kelley S. Madden, Lily Tran and David L. Felten: Psychoimmunology today: mechanisms mediating the effects of psychological status on the immune system2. P. W. Szlosarek and A. Dalgliesh: Anti-cancer mechanisms involving the immune systemPart II: The clinical context: studies and speculations on human cancer3. James L. Levenson and Kathy McDonald: The role of psychological factors in cancer onset and progression: A critical appraisal4. Roger J. Booth: Psychospiritual healing and the immune system in cancer5. Karin Calde, Catherine Classen and David Spiegel: Can psychosocial interventions extend survival? A critical evaluation of clinical trials of group and individual therapies6. Bert Garssen and Karl Goodkin: Psychological factors and cancer progression: involvement of neuroimmune pathways and future directions for laboratory research7. Jennifer Anderson and Leslie G. Walker: Psychological factors and cancer progression: involvement of behavioural pathways8. Alastair J. Cunningham: The state of the art: clinical implications for cancer patients, and directions for future research