The Psychological Dimension in Cancer Treatment
Social Science and Medicine. 1984; 18(4): 345-349.
Although quality of life for patients is considered a crucial concern of medical ethics, it is an aspect that is largely ignored in cancer therapy and research. A survey of the literature on psychological sequelae associated with various cancer treatments indicates a high degree of psychosocial morbidity. A recommendation is made that future clinical trials include appropriate psychological measures in order to give some indication of the quality of life of patients, and to help determine which patients might benefit from counseling. Assessments of the quality of life will enhance treatment by allowing clinicians to make decisions based on broader information than just the probability of prolonging or saving lives. (KIE abstract)
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