We offer to serve you as your guide in the adaptation process when faced with a diagnosis of cancer
The fear of this disease may not always be avoided despite the positive results in many cancer treatments as well as the fact that the survival rate of cancer has increased significantly in the last decade. We could say this fear is a result of a feeling of uneasiness.
Psycho-oncology answers to the psychological needs of cancer patients by providing the needed support so that they may handle these uncertainties without significantly altering their day to day lives.
From the perspective of the team of psychologists at iTAcC, psycho-oncology could be defined as a therapy with great benefits. Patients of this disease do not normally show psychological problems before the cancer diagnosis but face an emotionally difficult situation that should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Denial, guilt, anger, anxiety and depression are common reactions brought on by an oncological condition. Expressing and adaptive channeling of these emotions aided by proper management will translate into significantly reducing the suffering involved. In this same way it can diminish or alleviate other symptoms such as pain, somatization, adjustment disorder, major depressive disorder or confusional syndrome (delirium).
The necessary support in this process of adaptation often requires the proper assessment and planning within the family environment. We approach every case with a broader perspective at our center, not only regarding the patients but also their surroundings. We offer to be your guide in the process of adapting to your diagnosis.
Psycho-oncological support includes:
- Individual psychotherapy.- Its aim is to reduce the psychological stress and improve patient self-sufficiency.
- Family oriented psychotherapy.- It is educational support for improving the knowledge of the disease and the attitude together with the patient.
- Clinical advice.- The objective is to promote doctor/patient/family communication and support during the decision making process.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.- Objectives are to improve the management of psychological symptoms, enhance the acquisition of skills and strategies that facilitate adaptation to the disease.
- Palliative psychotherapy and bereavement counselling.- This therapy is directed towards patients and their families.
- Group psychotherapy.- Objectives are to provide emotional and informative support and individual resources.
- General psychotherapy for cancer patients.- Its objective is to help manage existing symptoms to the oncological situation added to the stress produced by the disease
- Primary prevention.- It is aimed at disease prevention. This program centers on a multidisciplinary support with the primary aim to help anyone interested, to quit smoking. Tobacco addiction is treated from the psychological area regarding the perspective of motor, cognitive and motivational behavior.