Integrating psycho-oncology services in cancer care in India
Bincy Mathew, Bidhu Kalyan Mohanti, Saipriya Tewari, Anusheel Munshi
Department of Oncology, Human Care Medical Chartiable Trust, Manipal Hospitals, New Delhi, India
Psychological distress is often an under-diagnosed problem in cancer care. Addressing psychosocial issues would enhance treatment compliance, physician–patient relationship, treatment efficacy and quality of life. This article emphasizes the importance of integrating psycho-oncology services in cancer care and attempts to define the various roles that a psycho-oncologist can play across the entire trajectory. It also highlights the indispensable role played by the oncologists' referrals in maximizing the benefits of psycho-oncology services received by patients and their caregivers.
Department of Oncology, Human Care Medical Chartiable Trust, Manipal Hospitals, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None