Psychological care for people with melanoma

What, when, why and how?

Nadine A. Kasparian*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: To provide an update on the psychosocial challenges faced by people with melanoma, and ways of addressing barriers to supportive care. Data Sources: Refereed journal articles, scholarly texts, monographs. Conclusion: Psychological needs of people with melanoma frequently go undetected and unmet. Approximately 30% of all patients diagnosed with melanoma report levels of psychological distress, indicating the need for clinical assessment and support. Implications for Nursing Practice: Psychological interventions using a range of therapeutic approaches can improve quality of life and enhance resilience in people with melanoma, including reducing anxiety and depression. Nurses can help institute and promote supportive care programs that incorporate these interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-222
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Melanoma
  • Psychological stress
  • Psychotherapy

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