Importance Of Counseling To Cope With Cancer

By Brian Morgan


Cancer survivors have had the opportunity to live longer than it was about 20 years. During that time, it was believed that malignancy had no treatment. Things have changed with the new technology and new remedies have been found in Oncology. Currently, there are remedies that have changed things and supportive services like counseling to cope with cancer.

Besides the valuable discoveries in medicine, a malignancy diagnosis is not an easy thing. It is traumatic to both the victim and their families as they come to terms with the diagnosis. Patients can be inundated with the diagnosis and this affects their psychological well-being. Some may see it as the end of their life. A counselor is necessary to help them understand the disease and how to live with it.

Counseling can assist a patient to understand the level of the disease. The counselor will be able to explain to the victim the stage of diagnosis and the best way to care for themselves. Some patients may be frightened with the thought of their life coming to an end. This is because cancer has been known to be incurable. However, with a counselor who understands malignancy better, the patients will have a better understanding.

The psychoanalyst will be able to help the patient understand the health care system better. This is because they have been given specific training regarding malignancy. The access to a medical facility has been known to be the cause of stress to many malignancy patients. By giving them guidance on where to get their medications the counselors relieve the patients of stress.

Therapists assist malignancy patients in restoring hope and know there is life after diagnosis. Some patients get into states of despair after diagnosis. Some patients even after being healed live in doubts thinking they will be sick again. The role of the therapist is to assist the patients regain hope and lead a normal life as they did before diagnosis.

The counselor is also beneficial to the family in general. When a family member is diagnosed with malignancy, the entire family is affected. This can lead to sadness, anger, and stress among family members. Group therapy for the family members is important to help them be familiar with this disease. This will also give them an insight on how to care for the patient. Engaging the whole family helps them have a better understanding of what cancer is and how best to go about it.

The counselors help patients accommodate the unexpected changes from their day to day life as a result of the disease. At particular stages, patients may be required to undergo surgery losing affected organs in order to survive. In some cases, loss of hair is observed. Losing organs can be traumatic to the patient. A therapist is thus required to explain the essence of losing such organs and how to adjust to the new changes.

Malignancy treatment is quite expensive. The amount of money to be spent is really lump sum and this can be stressful to the victim. Sometimes patients are not able to afford the treatment and it can be really nerve-racking. The therapist has the responsibility of guiding the patient helping the patient maximize available resources and get the best services they can afford.




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