Steven Greer

Steven Greer, Psychiater, hat jahrzehntelange Erfahrung im Umgang mit Krebspatienten und u.a. in England die KVT in der Krebstherapie eingeführt. Er war es, der den Begriff des „fighting spirit“ (Kampfgeist) in der Psychoonkologie geprägt hat.


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Steven Greer, M.D., F.R.C.Psych, graduated from the University of Adelaide and obtained his postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. 

He was Reader in Psychological Medicine at King’s College School of Medicine, London, where he was a co-founder of Psycho-Oncology in the U.K.

Subsequently, he was Director of the Cancer Research Campaign Psychological Medicine Group at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey. His principal research activities during the last 30 years have comprised psychological and psychobiological investigations of patients with cancer. 

Dr Greer has written extensively on psycho-oncology and has, together with his colleagues, developed a form of psychotherapy, based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), but  specifically designed to improve the quality of life of patients with cancer. He was the one to introduce the term "fighting spirit" in the psycho-oncology literature. 

He emphasizes the particular debt he owes to his patients, who taught him about the personal meaning of cancer, about courage, endurance and despair, and about how death can be faced.
He is Reader in Psychological Medicine, Institute of Cancer Research and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Raphael’s Hospice, Surrey, U.K.



In conversation with H. Steven Greer
Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018