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Post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer: a review.

15 Aug
Post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer: a review.
A review of the literature (9 published studies) by a group from the Oncology Dept at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York looked to see if having a life-threatening illness like cancer could be a precipitator of posttraumatic stress. The reviewers conclude that there was indeed evidence of full-blown PTSD in both adults, children and their parents. Because of this, they recommend that patients and their families be assessed for PTSD symptoms as part of their treatment and post-treatment adjustment to surviving cancer, its diagnosis and treatment.

Citation: Smith MY, Redd WH, Peyser C, and Vogl D. Post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer: a review. Psychooncology 1999. Nov-Dec; 8 (6): pp. 521-537.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award