This book uses current psychosocial literature in combination with empirical research and clinical accounts of family adaptation to help professionals and families cope with the impact of cancer. It is broad in scope and includes families in any life cycle (i.e. single adults, children, adolescents, and later life). This book, with its solid theoretical foundation, will be especially beneficial to any professional who is helping a family to adapt to cancer.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Diagnosis and the Family Life Cycle
3. Treatment and the Family Life Cycle
4. Rehabilitation and the Family Life Cycle: Living in Limbo
5. Survivorship and the Family Life Cycle: The Sword of Damocles
6. Recurrence/Advanced Disease and the Family Life Cycle: Life in the Balance
7. Terminal Illness and the Family Life Cycle: In a Strange Land
Theresa A. Veach, Ph.D., obtained her doctorate in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She currently works with individuals and families at St. Joesph Hospital and Health Center in Kokomo, Indiana. She is a consultant for the department of radiation oncology, the Higgins Center for Women's Wellness, the hospital's pain program, St. Joseph at Home Hospice, and the palliative care task force. Donald R. Nicholas, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University and serves as Associate Director of Psycho-Oncology at Ball Cancer Center of Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. He has worked with cancer patients and their families for over 15 years, while also establishing an active research and training program through which over 35 doctoral-level counseling psychology students have received training in psycho-oncology. Marci A. Barton, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the Director of the Cancer Patient Support Program at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School Medicine, Charleston Division. Dr. Barton is actively involved in psycho-oncology research and presenting at national conferences.
"Cancer and the Family Life Cycle: A Practitioner's Guide is rich with resources and highly readable. The authors integrate two conceptually useful models--stages of dealing with cancer and stages of the family life cycle--in an exceptionally clear way... This book should be valuable both to experienced clinicians and to students in any discipline helping patients and their families cope with cancer." -- Jean L. Kisteller, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Indiana State University
"The book engages and teaches the clinician by tracing the adjustment of several families as they go through the family life cycle with the disease. This device brings the theoretical and technical points to life in a vibrant way. Drs. Veach, Nicholas and Barton have provided a brilliant addition to the libraries of psycho-oncologists which will be appreciated for years to come." -- Steven D. Passik, Ph.D., Director, Oncology Symptom Control and Research, Community Cancer Care Inc., and Professor of Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine
"I highly recommend this book as a reference tool to the health professional who works with families in any phase of the clinical course of cancer." -- Robin Baldwin, RN, BSN, National Cancer Institute