The Emotions and feelings of a person with cancer are important

A cancer diagnosis is an emotionally difficult time for both the patient and their family. We know that feelings and emotions can have a great impact on the patient’s health and treatment outcomes. Patients with good coping skills and a positive attitude seem to do better than those that don’t.

One of the best ways to help a cancer patient is to have good communication because when there is no communication it can lead to isolation, frustration, and misunderstandings. It is important to understand what the appropriate moments are to have a conversation with the patients, to talk about their health, to make them feel that they have someone to help them, and to express their feelings.

Likewise, it is necessary to have support from the patient’s family, thus, they would not feel excluded. Participating in family activities and being treated as a loved member of the family are very important aspects to take into consideration.

In addition, it is necessary to understand what situations are emotionally affecting the patient. Some common emotions that a cancer patient may experience include feelings of sadness, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, fear of the side effects of the disease, and guilt. Professional help and support groups are appropriate strategies if necessary.

Finally, it is important to understand that people with cancer begin to have physical limitations, such as not eating, walking, low mood (depression). In these circumstances, it is necessary to make the patient feel that they have support and that they feel like an important person to their loved ones and near ones.

In addition, patients who are actively involved in taking charge in their own care, researching treatment options to fight their disease seem to have a better attitude and feel more in control. This also seems to help put the patient in a better state of mind. We certainly know that the mental state can greatly affect the immune response, which is important to help beat this disease. Keeping hope and knowing that more treatment options exist and the cure has never been closer.

Reference: Stenberg, U. a. (2010). Stenberg, Una and Ruland, Cornelia M and Miaskowski, Christine. Psycho-oncology, 1013-1025.

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