The diagnosis of cancer causes an impact on the life of the patient and the people around him/her. Stress levels rise and life projects stop to take on the challenge of facing the disease; life changes completely.
The stress that comes with living with cancer can contribute to the development of anxious and depressive disorders. It is estimated that between 30 and 40% of people who have or have overcome cancer develop anxiety disorders and/or depression.
Conscious that emotions play a very important role in the evolution of any disease and that a good attitude of coping is fundamental, psycho-oncology was born, a specialty of mental health that deals in an interdisciplinary way with the person suffering from cancer in all stages of the disease, its family, environment and treating team.
In the Cancer and Hematology Center of the Metropolitano Hospital we have specialists in pisco-oncology that help our patients and their families to alleviate the emotional distress caused by the disease. Psycho-oncologists serve as a guide so that the patient manages to navigate through different emotions that may arise throughout the process, such as fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, helplessness, guilt or frustration, and their time to face the reality of their situation, with clear and correct information about the disease and its treatment.
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