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Suicide 

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

Hayley Pessin

and William S. Breitbart

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0038

Unfortunately, identification and assessment of individuals at risk for suicide continues to be a vital topic for clinicians working with cancer patients, as patients with cancer are at increased risk for suicidal ideation and behavior when compared to the general population and other medically ill populations. However, suicidal ideation and behavior vary widely with regard to severity and potential risk and manifest in cancer patients in a variety of forms and contexts. This chapter describes suicidality in cancer, its prevalence rates, and risk factors, and provides clinical guidelines for assessment and intervention with patients who express suicidal ideation or a desire to hasten death.

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