Psycho-Oncology: Supporting the Mental Health of Oncology Patients - SPOC

Psycho-oncology or psychosocial oncology is a sub-specialty of oncology that addresses the psychological, behavioral, emotional, and social issues that arise for cancer patients and their families. A cancer diagnosis, the treatments that follow, and the adverse effects of cancer treatments are all very distressing for patients. Psycho-oncology includes providers from various disciplines that work together as a team to best support the complex needs people face when struggling with cancer. This lecture focuses on the psychiatric care of patients with cancer and looks at the common psychiatric syndromes seen in psycho-oncology, appropriate medications and treatment plans, and how psychiatry can best support people with cancer. Untreated or poorly managed psychiatric syndromes, such as depression and anxiety, can have a profound negative impact on decision-making, compliance, and quality of life during cancer care. 

Target Audience

These courses are intended for medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, hematologists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, physician assistants, radiologic technologists, researchers, pharmacists, trainees, allied health personnel, and others who are interested in care for patients and survivors in North Carolina.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify psychiatric syndromes that may impede oncologic care. 
  • Improve your understanding of psychopharmacology in the cancer setting. 
  • Recognize when it is appropriate to refer to psycho-oncology. 

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 NCPD/CNE
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
03/29/2022
Course expires: 
03/28/2023
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Melissa Holt, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MSW

Clinical Instructor 

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNC School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Presenter Disclosure Information

Melissa Holt, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MSW, has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.

 

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  • Complete the assessment with a score of 80% or better
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1.00 NCPD/CNE
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 NCPD/CNE
  • 1.00 Participation
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