Psychological stress and melanoma: Are we meeting our patients' psychological needs?

Nadine Angele Kasparian*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Approximately 30% of all patients diagnosed with melanoma report levels of psychological distress indicative of the need for clinical intervention. Despite this, the psychological and emotional needs of patients frequently go undetected and unmet. This contribution aims to provide clinicians and researchers with a succinct update on our understanding of the psychosocial challenges faced by individuals with melanoma. There is now strong evidence that psychological interventions can improve psychosocial outcomes for patients with melanoma, including reductions in general mood disturbance, depression, and anxiety. Further prospective cohort studies are required for a better understanding of the impact of psychological stress on melanoma survival and recurrence, as well as the potential psychoneuro-immunological mechanisms involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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