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1 National Academy of Sciences. Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs. Committee on Psychosocial Services to Cancer Patients/Families in a Community Setting, Nancy E. Adler and Ann E. K. Page, Editors National Academies Press, 2008 Washington, DC. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11993.
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