Coping with Common Concerns
- Defines and explores both 'adjustment' and 'adjustment disorders'
- Guidance on how to tailor a package of interventions for adjustment difficulties, depending upon the results of a psychosocial assessment
- Types of skills and coping mechanisms are provided clear and comprehensive tables
- Discussion of concerns for patients and guidance on how best to support them
This chapter emphasises how health professionals can use many straight forward but effective strategies to help cancer patients and their families manage common concerns. Guidance is given through clear and comprehensive tables, case studies and resource sheets to ensure optimum support for all is achieved.
- Adjustment and 'adjustment disorders'
- Intervention strategies
- Encouraging adaptive coping
- Emotional regulation
- Managing uncertainty
- Sleep difficulties
- Familial cancer concerns
- The use of complementary and alternative medicine
- Fertility concerns
- Pain management
- Existential and spiritual concerns
- Putting it all together
- Resources for health professionals and for patients
- Resource sheet 6.1 Maintaining health and wellbeing
- Resource sheet 6.2 Goal setting and problem solving
- Resource sheet 6.3 Getting a good night's sleep
- Resource sheet 6.4 Dealing with hair loss
- Resource sheet 6.5 Returning to work