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Importance of Social Support in Cancer Patients

  • Usta, Yasemin Yildirim
  • Published : 2012.08.31

Abstract

Social support is regarded as a complex construct which has long been suggested to have direct and buffering effects on patients' wellbeing and emotional adjustment to cancer. Cross-sectional and prospective studies show a positive association between perceived social support and psychological adjustment following cancer treatment. Research findings suggest that the evidence for the relationship between social support and cancer progression is sufficiently strong. This report points out the importance of social support in cancer and provides recommendations for health care professionals.

Keywords

Cancer;social support;adjustment

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