A cancer diagnosis represents a significant change and many challenges for those concerned, as well as their families. It is not only the disease but also the operations, treatments and therapies which the person concerned and his or her immediate circle of family and friends face. At the same time, there are fears and worries regarding future developments. In such a situation, the family and the close social circle often serve as a significant source of support for the person concerned. However, family members themselves often face fears and worries that may draw on their energy reserves.
As a psycho-oncologist, I can support those directly affected and their families to cope with the difficulties they face, in:
- discovering and strengthening their own resources
- preparation for surgery
- reducing pain and side effects of treatment
- communication with family and children to reduce the strain
- improving quality of life
- reducing fear