Stages of breast cancer: An Israeli psychosocial intervention model

Dafna Sadeh-Tassa*, Margalit Drory, Karni Ginzburg, Jona Stadler

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The Breast Health Center at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center is the first center in Israel to provide medical and psychosocial services under one roof. The authors describe a model developed for the special needs of Israeli patients with breast cancer. The model includes three phases of intervention: Diagnostic, surgical, and recovery. The underlying assumption is that each phase is characterized by specific stressors, each requiring distinctive adjustment and coping mechanisms. The phasic approach enables the therapist to meet the various needs of the patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-83
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2000


  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Breast cancer
  • Diagnosis
  • Hospitalization and surgery
  • Postoperative stage
  • Social worker


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