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Cross-Cutting Gender-Based Issues in Cancer Caregiving 

Cross-Cutting Gender-Based Issues in Cancer Caregiving
Cross-Cutting Gender-Based Issues in Cancer Caregiving
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

Youngmee Kim

, Karen Clark

, and Matthew J. Loscalzo


Cancer affects both men and women in their lifetime, although more men than women. This pattern of differential cancer incidence by sex has remained for the past several decades. In contrast, the sex composition of those who provide unpaid informal care to cancer patients and survivors has changed noticeably over the years. Although issues related to sex and gender of caregivers and patients have been apparent in all aspects of cancer care for a long time, it is only recently that those issues became implemented in evidence-based clinical programs. This chapter outlines what is known to date about gender and cancer caregiving, introduces two ongoing active clinical programs, and makes recommendations as to the next steps for comprehensive biopsychosocial understanding of the role of gender in cancer caregiving that will advance gender-based research and clinical care.

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