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(p. 669) Counseling Women with Breast Cancer 

(p. 669) Counseling Women with Breast Cancer
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(p. 669) Counseling Women with Breast Cancer
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Sandra Haber

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0053
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date: 20 September 2017

Counseling women with breast cancer is a niche practice that is a significant but often overlooked part of the breast cancer treatment protocol. With appropriate training and experience, mental health clinicians can facilitate medical decision making, manage the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and mastectomy, and improve coping skills for posttreatment reactions. Mental health clinicians can also provide significant interventions with the patient’s partner, children, parents, and friends at each stage of the treatment process. This chapter describes the author’s involvement and development of this niche specialty, the joys and sorrows of work in this area, and the business obstacles that can be encountered and overcome. Resources to assist those interested in developing this niche area of practice are provided.

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