Psychological and personality disturbance among patients with testicular cancer

James F. Malec, Ellen Romsaas, Donald Trump

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Previous research suggested that severe psychopathology may be more prevalent among patients with testicular cancer than among comparison groups. To test this finding, the authors asked 59 men with cancer of the testis to complete an objective, standardized measure of personality and psychopathology the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI). The results of the study did not support the hypothesis that psychopathology is more prevalent among patients with testicular cancer. Of the 59 men, 29 showed no nonpsychotic symptoms, 19 showed mild-to- moderate nonpsychotic symptoms, and 11 showed modcrate-to-scvcrc nonpsychotic symptoms. The most prevalent symptoms were anxiety and somatic concern, followed by depression, substance abuse, and hypo- mania. The type of symptoms reported seemed to be associated with a subject’s basic personality structure, as assessed by the MCMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 10 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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