Psychoeducation For Cancer Care and Treatment

Posted on:5,Jul'18

Posted by: CancerHelpline

Tags: Cancer Care and Treatment

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Cancer diagnosis often seems very scary, since the popular notion is that cancer signifies death. Usually, it heightens anxiety and creates reasonable & unreasonable fears in most people. It also creates several questions – however, not all answers online are credible.

Cancer is a life-altering event in the patient and family’s life – it will change the way one looks perceives life, even after survival. So, the need for informed knowledge about the disease is very high, while undergoing treatment.

What does Psychoeducation mean?

Psychoeducation or psychoeducational intervention/counselling refers to a range of activities aimed at providing appropriate information related to symptoms, treatments, services & resources with the aim of educating the patient & family about the disease in order to cope with it better.

Often, the questions for a healthy population could be:

• How often should I get myself screened for cancer?
• My family member had cancer. Am I at an increased risk?

The questions that come up in a cancer patient and their family is quite different. They have questions related to treatment options, life expectancy, side effects, recurrence, relapse, and financial decisions.

Having the right information often allays these fears.

Psychoeducational interventions offer the right kind of advice, and complete information to help you seek answers. Knowing the right answers enhances the quality of life in a significant manner. Even while living through cancer, the correct information helps in identifying alternative options to improve quality of life.

Cancer patients and families must be offered an educated choice in order to make decisions about the future course of action. It helps reduce anxiety, and leads to better communication, and helping the family deal with the diagnosis and treatment in a better manner.

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