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Supportive-Expressive and Other Forms of Group Psychotherapy in Cancer Care 

Supportive-Expressive and Other Forms of Group Psychotherapy in Cancer Care
Chapter:
Supportive-Expressive and Other Forms of Group Psychotherapy in Cancer Care
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

David W. Kissane

and Catherine Ngan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0070

Group therapy in cancer care commonly involves application of supportive-expressive, cognitively oriented, or meaning-centered models, which seek to optimize quality of life and adaptation to the illness through inherent group support, psycho-education, and improved coping outcomes. Groups reduce fear of recurrence and cancer-related anxiety for early stage disease. In the advanced cancer setting, groups ameliorate and prevent depression, reduce existential distress, and promote creative and purposeful living among their members. Overcoming social isolation, treating depression, and enhancing adherence to anti-cancer therapies have the potential to extend survival. Meta-analyses of supportive-expressive groups have confirmed a survival benefit at one year, which has not been sustained over five years.

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