More than just therapy: psycho-oncology

A cancer diagnosis completely upsets the lives of the vast majority of those affected. The connection to psycho-oncology can help patients and their relatives.

Cancer has a huge impact on mental health

Body and soul are closely connected

The vast majority of cancer patients go through one or more phases of psychological stress over the course of their disease. From grief to anger to despair, the entire spectrum of human emotions is often represented. The fact that many types of cancer are nowadays easily treatable does not change this. Struggling with one's own fate is almost omnipresent after a cancer diagnosis. However, mental health also has an impact on physical well-being.

Psycho-oncological support services are important

Therefore, it is relevant to think about a psycho-oncological connection for the patients - but also for their relatives - at an early stage. Cancer is not only difficult for those affected. Those around them usually suffer as well.

Psycho-oncologists provide much more than just therapy. They can point out to resources that the family may not have been aware of. The experts also help people to come to terms with the disease and to cope with it.

A question of attitude

The attitude towards one's own illness can also be a topic of medical appointments. In this way, the feeling of loss of control, and of being sad and overwhelmed can be adressed and reduced. Strengthening mental health can in turn have a positive effect on the physical course of the disease.

Conclusion for medical practice

Psycho-oncological procedures contribute significantly to disease management and the mental health of oncological patients. Referral to a specialist should therefore be considered at an early stage.

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