Psychological Treatment & Support in Cancer

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Psychological Treatment & Support in Cancer

Cancer weakens the human body, both mentally and physically.

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Cancer weakens the human body, both mentally and physically. Serious side effects like hair loss and bruising can cause patients to feel mentally depressed. Cancer patients may find themselves struggling with depression and feelings like fear, anxiety, panic or despair. Previous research have shown that psychological disorders can have direct impact on a person’s immune system. Hence, it can be advisable for patients to receive psychological support over the course of their cancer treatment. Patients should not be left alone while they get treated for cancer but receive constant support from their family and friends, and if necessary, seek professional support from an expert therapist. Oncology patients may get special assistance from the psycho-oncology department which specializes in psychology of cancer patients. In some cases, it may be beneficial that patient relatives receive support as well, which can contribute to a more effective treatment process and ease the patient’s discomfort.

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