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Brain Neoplasm and the Potential Impact on Self-Identity

Cancers of the brain can cause alterations in a person’s neurocognitive abilities, and in some patients can even challenge their concept of self and self-identity. Cancer treatment may offer some hope for longer survival, but residual neurocognitive alterations generally remain. Individualized care for these patients should include information related to anticipated effects of their disease or treatments affecting their perception or expression of self. At present, the concepts of self and self-identity are largely unexplored in neuro-oncology, but we discuss this clinical population in order to highlight the need for further clinical evaluation of these phenomena among patients with brain neoplasm. Finally, we briefly note the need for a clinical tool to assess self and self-identity changes in brain tumor patients.

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Volume 1, Issue 3
July 2010

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