Social representations and cancer chemotherapy Academic Article


  • Psicooncologia


  • Objective: To review of the literature about social representations of cancer and chemotherapy. Method: For this review was made a search of the literature in specialized databases through keywords combination: theory of social representations, physical illness, cancer and chemotherapy. Results: We found that even in the 21st century, cancer continues to be subject to negative social representations as well as chemotherapy; there is an obvious defcit of research concerning the topic; a professional duty is to encourage research in this topic to promote these representations change both the patient, caregivers and healthcare professionals, providing better care to the cancer patient and consequently a better adaptation to the physical and social changes that involve the disease.

publication date

  • 2013/10/22


  • Caregivers
  • Databases
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Drug Therapy
  • Neoplasms
  • Research
  • Social Change
  • Social Theory

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1696-7240

number of pages

  • 15

start page

  • 79

end page

  • 93