ARTICLESImproving the Recognition and Treatment of Cancer-Related Posttraumatic Stress DisorderFrench-Rosas, Lindsay N. MD*; Moye, Jennifer PhD†; Naik, Aanand D. MD* Author Information *Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston †VA Boston Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Houston VA HSR&D Center of Excellence (HFP90-020) at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center for Drs. Naik and French-Rosas. Additional support came from a National Institute of Aging Career Development Award (5K23AG027144) and a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award to Dr. Naik. This work was also supported by the Boston VA Healthcare System and the Boston VA Research Institute (BVARI). We thank Kelly Doherty for her assistance, as well as the many veterans who have allowed us to contribute to their care and who have participated in our research projects. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Lindsay N. French-Rosas, MD, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, 1977 Butler Blvd, Suite E4.400, Houston, TX 77030. [email protected] Journal of Psychiatric Practice: July 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 270-276 doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000400264.30043.ae Buy Metrics Abstract Life-threatening illness has been identified as a stressor that can precipitate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Major advances in cancer treatment have led to increased survival periods. At the same time, there is a growing awareness of the psychological impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on the patient. Cancer survivors report that cancer can elicit symptoms of traumatic stress. When cancer-related PTSD is untreated, medical and psychiatric morbidity increase. Despite the prevalence, impact, and morbidity of cancer-related PTSD, access to mental health care in cancer patients remains limited. It is important to increase mental health providers' awareness of cancer-related PTSD, given rising cancer rates and the potential for enhancing quality of life. This article presents an overview of the recognition, diagnosis, management, and follow-up of cancer-related PTSD for the mental health clinician. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2011;17:270–276) Copyright © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.