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Sarcoma 

Sarcoma
Chapter:
Sarcoma
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

Michelle R. Brown

, James Klosky

, and Sheri L. Spunt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0021

Sarcomas are increasingly curable, but the psychological sequelae of treatment may be long-lasting and multifaceted. Interventions undertaken to produce a cure often include aggressive surgical approaches and toxic combinations of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As a result of these intensive treatments, many survivors have long-term medical complications and compromised quality of life. Despite the medical consequences of their treatment, though, most sarcoma survivors are psychologically healthy. This chapter outlines the major mental health challenges presented by sarcoma treatment and its long-term medical sequelae, including adaptation to amputation or limb preservation surgery, infertility, psychosexual dysfunction, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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