February 1995

Critical Review of Psychosocial Interventions in Cancer Care

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA School of Medicine, (Drs F. Fawzy, N. Fawzy, and Pasnau and Ms Arndt); and the John Wayne Cancer Institute, St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif (Dr N. Fawzy).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1995;52(2):100-113. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1995.03950140018003

T need for a large variety of psychosocial interventions is enhanced as increasing numbers of patients with cancer have longer survival. This article reviews the four interventions used most commonly: (1) education, (2) behavioral training, (3) individual psychotherapy, and (4) group interventions. It examines the outcomes of each type of intervention. This comprehensive review of the intervention literature reveals the availability of a wide range of options for patients with cancer and their potential psychological and physical health benefits.