It is estimated that three out of four families will deal with cancer during the course of a lifetime. In recent years, focus has shifted from quantity of life to quality of life. Families are in need of therapeutic assistance in dealing with treatment side effects, long term treatment, and cancer rehabilitation. This book uses current psychosocial literature in combination with empirical research and clinical accounts of family adaptation to cancer to help professionals and families cope. It is broad in scope and includes families in any life cycle (i.e. single adults, children, adolescents, and later life). This book, with its solid theoretical foundation, will be especially beneficial to any professional who is helping a family to adapt to cancer.
Theresa A. Veach, Ph.D., obtained her doctorate in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She currently works with individuals and families at St. Joesph Hospital and Health Center in Kokomo, Indiana. She is a consultant for the department of radiation oncology, the Higgins Center for Women's Wellness, the hospital's pain program, St. Joseph at Home Hospice, and the palliative care task force. Donald R. Nicholas, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University and serves as Associate Director of Psycho-Oncology at Ball Cancer Center of Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. He has worked with cancer patients and their families for over 15 years, while also establishing an active research and training program through which over 35 doctoral-level counseling psychology students have received training in psycho-oncology. Marci A. Barton, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the Director of the Cancer Patient Support Program at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University School Medicine, Charleston Division. Dr. Barton is actively involved in psycho-oncology research and presenting at national conferences.