Cancer Caregivers

ISBN : 9780190868567

Allison J. Applebaum
360 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
Send mail

Informal caregivers - family members, friends, and other loved ones - are an essential, uncompensated and significantly burdened extension of the healthcare team. Rapid advances in cancer care, including new drugs and immunotherapies and more sophisticated diagnostic tools, have markedly improved the ability to medically extend lives and enhance survival. As patients are living longer, with today's shorter hospital stays and shift towards increased outpatient care, however, the demands placed on all caregivers and their needs have substantially increased. Cancer Caregivers reveals the field of Psycho-Oncology's exploration of the depth of complexities of caregiving experiences and identifies the vast expanses left to be understood. This text describes the characteristics and experiences of cancer caregivers based on their life stage, relationship to the patient, and ethnic group membership, as well as patients' disease and treatment type. It highlights the significant progress in research focused on the development and dissemination of psychosocial interventions for cancer caregivers, and includes in-depth case studies to illustrate their delivery and application. The text also explores the provision of support to caregivers in the community and the legal and ethical concerns faced by caregivers throughout the caregiving process. Cancer Caregivers offers both fundamental and practical information and is the essential resource for all healthcare professionals who work with patients and families facing cancer.


By Ruth McCorkle
Section 1 - Describing the Population
(1) Who are Informal Cancer Caregivers?
Erin E. Kent, PhD, Margaret Longacre, PhD, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, PhD, and Michelle A. Mollica, PhD
(2) The Burden of Cancer Caregivers
Barbara Given, PhD and Charles Given, PhD
(3) The Unique Experience of Caregivers Based on their Life Stage and Relationship to the Patient
Kristen Litzelman, PhD
(4) Burden among Caregivers of Patients with Unique Sites of Cancer and/or Treatment and Comorbid Psychopathology
Maria Kryzo-Lacomb, PhD, Tamryn Gray, PhD, Margaret Bevans, PhD, Login George, PhD, and Bill Breitbart, MD
(5) Sociocultural Investigation of Cancer Caregiving
Patricia B. Pedreira, BS, Hannah-Rose Mitchell, MPH, Amanda Ting, BS, and Youngmee Kim, PhD
(6) Measurement of Caregiver Burden - State of the Science and Future Directions
Laurie Anderson, MD, Laura C. Polacek, BA, and KimbersonTanco, MD
Section 2 - Addressing the Needs of Cancer Caregivers: Empirically Supported Treatments
(7) Psychoeducational Interventions for Cancer Family Caregivers
J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, ACHPN, Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, FAAN and Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN
(8) FOCUS: A Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers
Laurel Northouse PhD, RN, FAAN, Clayton Shuman PhD, RN, Moira Visovatti PhD, RN, Bonnie Dockham LMSW, and Marita Titler PhD, RN, FAAN
(9) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Informal Cancer Caregivers
Jamie M. Jacobs, PhD, Lara Traeger, PhD, Emily A. Walsh, BA, and Joseph A. Greer, PhD
(10) Problem-Solving Based Interventions
Arthur M Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP, Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP, and Lauren B. Johnson, EdM
(11) Family Therapies
Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, David W. Kissane, MD, and I. Zaider, PhD
Section 3 - Addressing the Needs of Cancer Caregivers: Adaptations of Empirically Supported Treatments
(12) CBT for Insomnia for Caregivers
Kelly M. Shaffer, PhD, Patricia Carter, PhD, RN, CNS, Sheila N. Garland, PhD, and Allison J. Applebaum, PhD
(13) Emotion Regulation Therapy for Cancer Caregivers: Targeting Mechanisms of Distress
Aliza A. Panjwani, MA, Mia S. O'Toole, PhD,Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, David M. Fresco, PhD, and Douglas S. Menin, PhD
(14) Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers (MCP-C)
Allison Applebaum, PhD
Section 4 - Delivery of Support to Caregivers in the Community
(15) The Cancer Support Community: A Person-Centered Model of Evidence-Based Cancer Caregiver Support
Joanne S. Buzaglo, PhD, Alexandra K. Zaleta, PhD, Margaret L. Longacre, PhD, and Mitch Golant, PhD
(16) American Cancer Society's Delivery of Support to Caregivers in the Community
Rachel S. Cannady, BS and Katherine Sharpe, MTS
(17) CancerCare - A Psychosocial Oncology Support Organization
Sarah K. Kelly, MSW, LCSW and William Goeren, LCSW-R, OSW-C, ACSW
Section 5 - Future Directions
(18) Important Legal Concerns Faced by Informal Cancer Caregivers
Debra Wolf, JD and Cristina Pejoves Gorman, JD
(19) Conclusions and Future Directions
Allison Applebaum, PhD

About the author: 

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD is Assistant Attending Psychologist and director of the Caregivers Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.