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Psychosocial challenges for patients with advanced lung cancer: interventions to improve well-being

Authors Lehto RH

Received 18 April 2017

Accepted for publication 11 July 2017

Published 28 July 2017 Volume 2017:8 Pages 79—90


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou

Rebecca H Lehto

Michigan State University College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

Abstract: As compared to other cancers, lung malignancies are associated with high symptom burden, poorer prognosis, and stigmatization. Such factors increase psychological distress and negatively impact quality of life. Research has documented the efficacy of psychosocial interventions to alleviate psychological distress and promote well-being among patients with cancer. This article summarizes the current literature on psychosocial interventions in lung cancer. Major types of psychosocial interventions in lung cancer include cognitive-behavioral therapies, psycho-education, mind–body, exercise, and supportive or palliative care strategies. Discussion relative to the purpose, sample, research design, outcomes, and quality of the studies is presented. Findings may be useful in clinical environments as a resource to help health providers better understand mental health treatment options and care for patients facing lung cancer. The need to direct future research toward the advancement of science and improve well-being and quality of life outcomes for patients with advanced lung cancer and their family members is discussed.

Keywords: lung cancer, psychosocial interventions, psychological distress, quality of life, advanced lung cancer

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