Help the patient cope with the diagnosis and the treatment process.
Counsel the family as the primary caregivers and provide them the support required.
Enlighten the patient and their family as to how their psychological perspective affects their treatment.
Keeping a record of the emotional, social, behavioural and physical changes of the patient throughout therapy.
The physical pain and emotional turmoil caused by the chronic illness is to be countered by the apt psychological treatment and unconditional support that is provided in the palliative care by psycho-oncologists.
Acceptance of the diagnosis is essential for one to obtain the motivation of battling it. It is not easy to accept the presence of chronic illness in oneself. Counselling provides the mental and emotional strength required to
Watching your loved one suffer through difficult diagnosis definitely has an impact on the caregivers. Depression, anxiety and phobia are the commonly observed conditions arising in caregivers. Being the support system of a patient requires tackling these conditions primarily in self.
Trauma and PTSD
The unexpected diagnosis may come in the form of a trauma experience for the patient and the caregivers. The following treatment process may also cause discomfort. A psycho-oncologist provides therapy to overcome that trauma and battle cancer with an increasingly willing perspective.
Fear of Mortality
The fear of death is observed among patients of chronic illness. The uncertainty causes distress to the patient and their family. Relieving yourself of the additional stress and negative thoughts caused by this fear is essential to be able to focus on recovering from the diagnosed condition.
Body Image Issues
The physical changes caused by the illness may cause body image issues in patients. Making them comfortable with their own body, making sure they feed their body the right diet and love themselves despite the changes is a therapy goal set by many cancer patients.
Comforting the Uncomfortable
Psycho-oncologists provide emotional support and grief therapy for the families and patients affected with cancer. Dealing with the challenges of the illness is overwhelming and requires backing up provided by non-judgemental professionals.
Psycho-oncology focuses on understanding and treating cancer by considering the psychological, social, spiritual, emotional and functional aspects of cancer. Psycho-oncological counselling aims to reduce uncertainty, feelings of anxiety, helplessness, and confusion among cancer patients and their families.
A psycho-oncologist can help you and your family ensure your mental and emotional well-being while dealing with cancer in the best possible way. They address the psychological, behavioural, social, physical and functional aspects of cancer, cancer treatments, and cancer care.
Traditional cancer treatment options can be classified into distinct pillars: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a more recently added fourth pillar; immunotherapy.