12 Psychosocial Oncology

Health Psychology


  1. Arthur M. Nezu PhD, ABPP1,
  2. Christine Maguth Nezu PhD, ABPP2,
  3. Stephanie H. Felgoise PhD, ABPP3,
  4. Lauren M. Greenberg MS4

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop209012

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Felgoise, S. H. and Greenberg, L. M. 2012. Psychosocial Oncology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 9:III:12.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Drexel University, Departments of Psychology, Medicine, and Community Health and Prevention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Drexel University, Departments of Psychology and Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  3. 3

    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  4. 4

    Drexel University, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Although advances in medical science regarding early detection and treatment have led to an increase in survival rates, cancer continues to be the second most common cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of death worldwide. However, even if one survives cancer, such an experience can have multiple negative physical, emotional, psychological, and social consequences. This chapter provides an overview of the field of psychosocial oncology by focusing on the following topics: behavioral risk factors, psychosocial effects of cancer, psychosocial interventions for cancer patients, and family and caregiver issues. Recommendations for future research efforts are also provided.


  • cancer;
  • psychosocial oncology;
  • psycho-oncology