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Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000018
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Use of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills and Management of Psychosocial Stress With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

Cogwell Anderson, Rebecca PhD; Jensik, Kathleen MSW; Peloza, David BS; Walker, Alonzo MD

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Abstract

Stress-related health concerns have the potential to impact quality of life for patients with breast cancer. National cancer organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network have acknowledged that all patients with cancer experience some level of distress during the course of illness and treatment. Literature on cancer suggests a range of expected distress from 20% to 50% among all patients diagnosed with cancer. Acknowledging and managing this distress with patients with cancer and providing them behavioral-based Interventions are important parts of cancer research. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skill is are an empirically proven treatment modality across numerous patient populations. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the utilization and effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills modified for use with patients with breast cancer.

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