Psychological Care for Cancer Patients: New Perspectives on Training Health Professionals is an innovative work in psychosocial oncology which examines the role of creative expression in the psychological treatment of cancer patients. After having spent five decades in this field, Domenico Arturo Nesci has become a proponent of treatment that values patients as creatives and valiant fighters rather than objects of an ambivalent compassion. This book analyzes this intersection of psychology, the humanities, medicine, and social work through scholarship conceived to help all people whose lives are crossed by cancer: patients, relatives, caregivers, health professionals, and students.
Domenico Arturo Nesci is professor of community psychology at the Nursing School of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and psycho-oncology at the Scuola Internazionale di Psicoterapia nel Setting Istituzionale (SIPSI) in Rome, Italy.
Chapter 1Pathos, Defense Mechanisms, and Dreams
Chapter 2Transitional Setting in Psycho-Oncology
Chapter 3Training Health Professionals to Prevent their Burnout
Chapter 4 The Workshop Movies and Dreams
Chapter 5Multimedia Psychotherapy in Oncological Grief
Chapter 6Online Psychotherapy with Cancer Patients
This book contains an original approach to the lived experience that cancer patients undergo. Domenico Arturo Nesci exhibits a truly personal disposition towards his patients; one that is, in a broad sense, humanistic yet well-grounded in the psychological dimension of the patient-doctor relationship. Both dimensions are badly needed in our time and age, considering the highly technological nature of the medical and surgical environments in today’s hospital settings. Practitioners and lay persons may benefit from this newer and potentially useful view of what “cancer” – the disease, but also the anthropological fact – represents existentially for those who suffer from it and those who are called to treat them.
Psychological Care for Cancer Patients is a compassionate and creative book that draws upon medical history, mythology, and psychoanalytic principles to provide supportive ideas for people living with and dying of cancer. His perspective, drawn from decades of clinical work and teaching, involves humanizing the cancer experience by making sense of apparently irrational reactions of doctors, patients, and their families. He makes apparently inexplicable dismissal of patient concerns by doctors and denial of painful realities by patients understandable and addressable. Dr. Nesci highlights the importance of endless change as a process that underlies our humanity, keeps us alive, and helps us to face our deaths.