Psychosocial interventions in breast cancer survivorship care

Lisa M. Gudenkauf, Shawna L Ehlers

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Cancer distress screening and subsequent referral for psychosocial intervention has been mandated for continued cancer center accreditation. Increasing emphasis is being placed on the referral component of this mandate, ensuring that patient distress is not only identified but also effectively treated. Many evidence-based interventions exist for cancer distress. Specific interventions can effectively target biopsychosocial impacts of stress and promote adaptive coping, focusing on problem-solving, social support utilization, assertive communication, sexual health and intimacy, adherence to medical and supportive care recommendations, health behavior change, and emotional processing and expression. In randomized clinical trials, specific interventions have also been associated with biological improvements, including neuroendocrine and immune functioning, decreased rates of breast cancer recurrence, and improved survival rates. As cancer treatments advance and patients live longer, it is pertinent to treat the impacts of breast cancer with evidence-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Cancer distress
  • Health care delivery
  • Psychosocial intervention
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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