We are often asked, How can you do that? How can you stand to do that work? Such a dreary subject. Grim but supposedly necessary. Don’t you get depressed with all the talk of dying?
These findings show a continuing need to provide women with advanced breast cancer with better information and emphasise the importance that these patients often place on prolonging survival.
Brain tumor support group facilitators can expect to encounter a range of medical and psychosocial issues in accommodating patients’ and caregivers’ diverse concerns. Separate brain tumor patient and caregiver groups may allow participants to explore those concerns without worrying about effects on their friends or family. It remains to be seen whether the groups meet the needs of attendees, and whether those who do not attend the groups have unmet needs.
Dyadic growth is a phenomenon not limited to breast cancer or female patient couples and may represent a form of dyadic coping. Patients and partners seem to develop individual and dyadic growth, depending on a combination of gender and life threat. Psycho-oncology services may want to promote both couple level coping and support in order to optimize cancer care.
Conclusion In the largest trial to date, MBCR was superior for improving a range of psychological outcomes for distressed survivors of breast cancer. Both SET and MBCR also resulted in more normative diurnal cortisol profiles than the control condition. The clinical implications of this finding require further investigation.
Obtaining information, thinking about or doing something else, and actions on behalf of the parent with HD were rated as highest use and perceived helpfulness. Emotional suppression had high use but low helpfulness. Participants reported using numerous helpful strategies. Social support was often unavailable to help manage teen concerns.
Family primary caregivers correctly reported approximately two thirds of physical and psychological patients’ difficulties; however, they had less accurate reports of patients’ social difficulties. Correct report rates increased the probability of false report rates. Healthcare professionals should carefully evaluate the accuracy of a primary informal caregiver’s report in regards to patient experiences. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Nearly two decades ago, Coluzzi and colleagues published their survey results of supportive services offered at National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers.1 At that time, 68 percent of responding institutions offered counseling interventions, and 90 percent sponsored support groups and had spiritual care departments.