Ms Shaarika Menon
Psycho- Oncology is a subspeciality that focuses on the psychological aspects – emotional, social and behavioral factors of the patient as well as his/her caretakers. It also deal with the psycho-social factors, subsequent and previous behavioral patterns that effect the process of the disease.
Helping to cope with the distress that occured during the course of the illness, that has taken a toll on the patient and their loved ones is as integral part of cancer care as other areas of treatment.
Psychological support being available to them as soon as the diagnosis has been communicated will help in making sense of unfamiliar emotions and feelings that suddenly engulf them. Handling the stress of the patient can be stressful, being aware and updated of what to expect can help them assist with greater intent.
A part from the pharma oncological and medical interventions , the importance of psychological support has always weighed heavily as numerous researches in this filed have evidenced. An array of psychotherapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy, supportive therapy and mindfulness based therapies can be used in dealing with and identifying negative thought patterns, depression, anxiety and in pain management , will help the patient and their caregivers tide over this shift their lives.