“Along with all the advances in the science of care, we surely have lagged behind with the issue of distress in cancer,” announced Jimmie Holland, MD, Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, and Chair of the Distress Management Panel of NCCN in her presentation at the NCCN 18th Annual Conference. After exploring the emergence of psycho-oncology as a subspecialty, Dr. Holland reviewed the early role played by NCCN in improving psychosocial care in cancer by writing standard clinical practice guidelines that have been the basis for later national and international steps forward.
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