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Cancer Care for Patients with Schizophrenia 

Cancer Care for Patients with Schizophrenia
Cancer Care for Patients with Schizophrenia
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

Linda Ganzini

and Anne F. Gross


Patients with chronic psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia suffer disparities in healthcare throughout life and have special care needs and vulnerabilities at the end of life. Despite having cared for individuals with schizophrenia for many years, mental healthcare professionals may be uncertain of their role in promoting wellness behaviors in their patients or working collaboratively with other clinicians when their patients develop cancer. Oncologists and palliative care clinicians may lack comfort in communicating with mentally ill patients, negotiating a maze of mental health services, and prescribing for people already taking psychotropic medications. This chapter discusses cancer risk, outcomes, prevention and symptom management, prescribing antipsychotic medications, advance care planning, and end-of-life care for patients with schizophrenia.

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