Pronunciation: (SY-koh-SOH-shul)

In medicine, describes the psychological (emotional) and social parts of a disease and its treatment. Some of the psychosocial parts of cancer are its effects on patients’ feelings, moods, beliefs, the way they cope, and relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2010-01-11 Date last modified: 2011-04-12