Psychological Symptoms in Advanced Cancer

Academic Article


  • © 2018 Elsevier Inc. Objectives: To discuss psychological symptoms among patients with advanced cancer, assessment of psychological symptoms, and evidence-based strategies to manage psychological symptoms. Data Sources: Current cancer-care guidelines and journal articles. Conclusion: Psychological symptoms are prevalent among patients with advanced cancer and may not be evident without appropriate screening. Distressed patients may not meet criteria for a full clinical psychiatric diagnosis, but may still benefit from interventions to improve quality of life. Implications for Nursing Practice: Nurses can improve the lives of patients by assessing for psychological symptoms; providing appropriate referrals, treatment, and/or follow-up; and recommending integrative methods for psychological symptom self-management.
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    Author List

  • Bail JR; Traeger L; Pirl WF; Bakitas MA
  • Start Page

  • 241
  • End Page

  • 251
  • Volume

  • 34
  • Issue

  • 3