Original Publication Date: 1 December, 2016
Publication / Source: Future Oncology
Authors: Maggie Watson & Jeffrey Dunn
Psycho-oncology is an evolving subspecialty generally focusing on psychological, social, behavioral and psychiatric aspects of oncology. The science of psycho-oncology, which has developed particularly well over the past 30 years, aims to provide an evidence base that could give direction to improvement of multidisciplinary cancer care by encompassing and integrating mental healthcare and the psychological sciences.
Yet, psycho-oncology also includes a broader spectrum of interests and scientific activity; it encompasses an understanding of behavioral, social and lifestyle factors that contribute to increased risk of developing cancer.