Culture and Cancer Care
Anthropological Insights in OncologyeBook - 2006
Dein (anthropology and medicine, U. College London, UK) summarizes and synthesizes the literature from the Anglophone world connecting anthropological themes of culture with the medical treatment of cancer. He concentrates on three main themes: disparities in incidence and mortality rates of cancer in different ethnic groups in relation to cultural beliefs, socio-economic status, and racism; cultural ideas about sickness and help-seeking behavior and their connection to wider views about suffering, misfortune, agency, responsibility, and autonomy; and the cultural issues of the popular turning away from biomedical reductionist approaches to cancer and towards complementary and alternative medicines. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A wide-ranging study of ethnic disparities in cancer treatment
Culture and Cancer Care is a unique look at cultural themes in relation to cancer, illustrated using studies from the United States and United Kingdom. This book is the first to examine how ethnic disparities can be overcome both at political and local levels. It discusses cultural competence and culturally appropriate health education, cultural variability in cancer treatments and prognosis, complementary and alternative medicine for cancer patients, and palliative care across cultures.