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Cancer, Culture and Communication


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Chapter 1 - Introduction Part I: Cancer across Cultures Chapter 2 - Culture and Oncology: Impact of Context Effects Chapter 3- Quality of Life in Culturally Diverse Cancer Patients Chapter 4- Cancer and Aging: A Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Analysis Chapter 5 - Children with Cancer: Cultural Differences in Communication between the United States and the United Kingdom Chapter 6 - Cancer Risk Assessment: Clinically Relevant Information is Key Part II: Cancer Interventions across Cultures Chapter 7- Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle as the Definitive Means of Cancer Control Chapter 8 - Cross-Cultural Aspects of Cancer Care Part III: Symptoms and Their Management across Cultures Chapter 9 - The Cultural Experience of Cancer Pain Chapter 10 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer Part IV: Dying and Death in Different Cultures Chapter 11- Bereavement across Cultures Chapter 12 - The Unmet Need: Addressing Spirituality and Meaning through Culturally Sensitive Communication and Intervention


"This important scholarly volume provides a powerful description of the relevance of culture as a critical context effect that dramatically influences provider-consumer communication and health outcomes in the Western context of cancer care. Culture is illustrated in the book's chapters as a pervasive variable, encompassing linguistic, national, ethnic, age, gender, socio-economic, and even professional beliefs, framing health care providers' and consumers' expectations and responses to cancer care. To be effective, communication in cancer care must be responsive to the cultural beliefs, values, and attitudes that participants bring to the health care setting. Culturally sensitive communication in cancer care can take advantage of distinct context effects for therapeutic benefit. This book provides the reader with a vivid sense of the powerful cultural issues that face provider-consumer communication in oncology, and also suggests strategies for adapting cancer communication to meet unique cultural demands."
(Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D., Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute)
"In order to have meaningful communication between clinicians and patients, it is essential there is mutual understanding of each other's cultures. There is diversity across ethnic groups and equally important within ethnic groups. This book reinforces the importance of culture as a context for cancer care and introduces the reader to strategies for understanding how we all represent our own culture and how to communicate with each other to enhance our life experiences. The book needs to become required reading for clinicians from all disciplines."
(Ruth McCorkle, Ph.D., Director, Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, Yale University School of Nursing)

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