‘Hopeful’ in the cancer treatment process has a drug effect!

cancer-motherSpecialist Clinical Psychologist Elif Kandaz, who stated that cancer patients with high hope levels cope better with pain and have better mood, gives the following advice: “It is necessary to engage in activities that support hope. Meditation, yoga and other artistic activities, seeing that the patient does not break away from life, even learning something new with the disease, improves himself and the patient. adherence to treatment It will increase your motivation.”

Celebrated every year between April 1-7, Cancer Week aims to raise awareness against cancer, draw attention to the importance of early diagnosis and raise awareness. Kandaz said that cancer causes intense fear and anxiety in patients, as it carries a higher risk than many other diseases and evokes the end of life.

Major depression reduces quality of life

Stating that psychiatric diseases can also be seen in some of the patients receiving cancer treatment, Kandaz said: “Research has revealed that the psychiatric conditions accompanying cancer are major depression and adjustment disorder, along with the thought that patients are stigmatized and a bad end awaits them at any moment. We see that especially major depression reduces the quality of life considerably, and accordingly, it has an effect on the deterioration of adaptation to life and treatment, loss of self-care, and even an increasing course of the severity of the disease.

Psychological damage should be intervened in a timely manner during the cancer treatment process.

Cancer patients, who tend to break from their routine, are most afraid of this, they may feel as if nothing will be the same again, and a sense of worthlessness and inadequacy may emerge. They may begin to mourn the quality of life they lost as if they had lost a loved one. Especially in the acute period, they may experience moods such as surprise, disapproval, anger, and intense sadness about having cancer.

These moods are replaced by healthier responses over time, but rarely, it may be difficult to get rid of this grieving process due to personal differences, adaptation cannot occur and it takes a path towards depression. Another common disorder is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Due to the fact that a “life-threatening element” characteristic of traumatic events is present in the nature of cancer, patients with cancer feel their bodily integrity under threat and begin to break away from life gradually, paving the way for their spiritual integrity to be threatened.

As a result of the person’s anxiety and depression due to cancer and the negativities of its treatment, the level of understanding and comprehension deteriorates, the ability to share emotions and use coping methods decreases, the rate of socialization and social support become difficult, and with these, the power to fight the disease and treatment compliance decrease, and hospitalization is required. prolongation of the life expectancy and a decrease in the quality of life.

Hope in the fight against cancer positively affects the treatment process

Stating that being hopeful in the fight against cancer affects the treatment process positively, Kandaz made the following recommendations: “Hope is a dynamic power that empowers the person to adapt to the future, is interested in the future and his life, and finds meaning in life. It is seen not only as dreaming and wishing for something to happen, but also as the ability to believe that there is a way out of difficulties and to manage reality. Therefore, the first and unconditional rule of coping is not to lose hope.

The first step in the fight against cancer should be psychological support!

In a study examining the effects of hope levels, mood and performance of cancer patients on pain, it was determined that patients with high hope levels cope better with pain and have better mood. It has been observed that individuals with high hope levels have goals related to life, show more determination and motivation to achieve these goals, and have more strategies.

Getting away from the disease that stands close to life!

The closer one stands to routine life, the better chance of staying away from the disease. Of course, the situation is very serious, but the severity of the disease will not decrease by moving away from the routine, on the contrary, it will increase. No matter what, even if the performance cannot be performed in healthy times, it is necessary to exert as much effort as possible in the current conditions.

It is necessary to engage in activities that support hope and belief, meditation, yoga and other artistic activities, seeing that the patient does not break away from life, even learning something new with the disease, will increase the motivation for recovery and compliance with treatment. Being involved in social responsibility projects in fighting the disease or taking on a role as a volunteer in any social responsibility field will make your life more meaningful and strengthen the desire for recovery.

At the same time, he should avoid expressing himself in a suitable language in the face of any negativity he encounters and express his feelings and thoughts in a way that does not increase the amount of stress. They should share their needs and desires directly with their relatives. Each sharing connects the patient to his/her environment and prevents him/her from being isolated.”

Protecting the heart is vital in cancer treatment!

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