Stress response syndromes and cancer: conceptual and assessment issues

Psychosomatics. Jul-Aug 2002;43(4):259-81. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.43.4.259.


Stress response syndromes have begun to receive research attention in cancer, including melanoma, Hodgkin's disease, breast cancer, and mixed-diagnosis samples. This paper focuses on conceptual and assessment issues in the application of the trauma model to adaptation to cancer. Among the central considerations: differentiating cancer from other traumatic events, the utility of conceptualizing stress responses along a continuum in this population, diagnostic issues, and preliminary recommendations for therapeutic interventions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy