Komorebi Post– Cancer kills 140 Romanians daily according to data presented by the Federation of Cancer Patients Associations (FABC). A report, published in the European Oncology Journal in 2013, showed that the number of cancer deaths doubled in Romania from 2009 to 2018. One of the most important barriers is that current Romanian Health Insurance does not reimburse the provision of psychosocial care to cancer patients.
However, more and more doctors are aware of the importance of the psychological support given to cancer patients. Psychotherapists and psychologists also help explain to patients the results of analyzes, the type of treatment and options, side effects of treatments, information on patient rights, social support, help the patient to define normal symptoms as well as psychological stress. In conclusion, a therapist needs to know the aspects of the patient’s illness, the prognosis, the treatment that he/she will follow and its side effects.
Difficulties coping with the diagnosis and treatment
According to the Department of Psychological Medicine, University Hospital Centre Zagreb, the most common psychological disorders encountered in patients diagnosed with cancer are depression, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders The patient needs to learn how to cope with the diagnosis and to react to his own situation. People react in different ways. It’s normal to feel frustrated, but the way you behave when confronted with the diagnosis and the illness itself can lead to different results, as your emotional state will change from diagnosis and treatment. What compromises do you have to do to maintain a certain quality of life? How will family members be affected by seeing what you are going through during treatment? What will you do if you find there is no effective treatment? This could be one of the most difficult times of fighting cancer, a shock, fear, distrust of others, sometimes feeling like a punishment for past mistakes.
Fortunately, anyone can listen and support: a friend, a psychotherapist, a psychologist, therapy group, or other patients who have gone through the same anxiety and fears.
Attitudes That Can Help
Courage, compassion, forgiveness and positive thinking are the four attitudes that will help you to be active in fighting the disease.
Courage is the ability to overcome seemingly obstacles and doesn’t necessarily mean indifference. It’s more when you recognize the difficulties you are dealing with and decide to go further in a way that reflects your own personality, your philosophy of life and your moral standards.
Compassion is the desire to reduce or eradicate the suffering of others. Being compassionate means giving some of your energy to help others. Generally, those who are sick realize that giving compassion to others while they themselves suffer can be, in fact, a force that sustains and motivates them to go further.
Forgiveness. It’s normal that at some point we forget things that have upset and hurt us in the past. When you can forget the past, disappointments, and frustrations, you will increase your chances of being happy today. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you have to overlook painful things. Forgiveness means making peace with things that you can’t change and channel all your thoughts on what is important in your present life.
Also, the emotional support of family and friends is an essential part of maintaining the quality of life. Family and friends can support you emotionally, provide you with physical comfort.
Spending pleasant moments with your friends and family will make your life more enriching. Dine together, play a game or look over an old album of photos. You can evoke common memories, you can tell funny histories of the past, you can clarify some doubts.