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Cancer Series: Emotional Help For Patients And Their “New Normal”

Aired 12/5/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Dr. Wayne Bardwell, president of the American Psycho-social Oncology Society, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Peggy Pico, KPBS Science and Technology Reporter

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Cancer Series: Psychology of Cancer

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Cancer is not a psychological condition, it's an illness. And for years, counseling and emotional therapy for cancer patients was thought to be something family and friends could do.

That's not the case any longer. Psychologists are now trained in cancer counseling: helping patients deal with the emotional challenges of the disease, the treatment and finding a new normal.

In our continuing series on cancer, KPBS Science and Technology Reporter Peggy Pico joins us with her personal experience with breast cancer. We also hear from a psycho-social oncologist who explains how he helps cancer patients.

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