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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

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000018

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.

Rebecca Cogwell Anderson, PhD, is currently Professor and Psychologist, Pain Management Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr. Anderson is the author of two books, eight book chapters, and more than 75 journal articles. She is currently involved in outcomes research with patients with breast cancer.

Address correspondence to Rebecca Cogwell Anderson, PhD, Psychological Services, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, 959 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 (

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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