Special Issue "Healthy Even through Cancer—the Use of Narrations in Oncological Settings"

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Psychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 34

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Eleonora Pinto
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Guest Editor
Esophageal and Digestive Tract Surgical Unit, Regional Centre for Esophageal Disease, Veneto Institute of Oncology (IOV-IRCCS), Padova, Italy
Interests: health; quality of life; oncological surgery; digestive tract neoplasms; research methodology; epistemology; narration
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Dear Colleagues,

In the Special Issue “Healthy even through cancer—What Are the Assumptions and Outcomes for Psychological Intervention”, researchers pointed out that outcomes for psychological intervention derive from interaction not only between patient and the neoplasm, symptoms, therapies’ side effects, and postoperative diseases, but also between patients and emotional, social, and supportive experiences. In this regard, health entails the possibility of narrating and encompassing these interactions.

Interactions are held in narratives: speech and verbal expression are considered qualitative aspects. However,  the data on these are not on the same level as that of other health records, despite reflecting critical information for the clinical pathway and oncological care. In future, these observations should be applied in a clinical setting. Thus, let us answer this question: how health is narrated in oncological settings? 

We aim to address some outstanding questions from the previous Special Issue:

What is a proper collection of critical data for cancer research and patient care regarding the narrations used by patients, health care professionals and caregivers? In what ways can narration supplement oncological information? What are the methods and the techniques used? What is the most critical and useful rhetoric in oncological field and in hospital settings.

“Healthy even through cancer—The use of narrations in oncological settings” will explore oncological patient narrations and restore the reality of events through dialogue with the patient.

Original articles, research protocols, reviews and theoretical contributions are welcome.

I look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Dr. Eleonora Pinto
Guest Editor

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  • health
  • narration
  • dialogue
  • text analysis
  • qualitative research

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