The management of patients with cancer is not straightforward. How should we treat them and what is the role of caregivers are discussed in the text below
Few, who in the vast majority of them are women, they think that, in case of illness, the sympathy and support they need and those who, either by family relationship or close friendship, it spans with the patient throughout the procedure can to follow the evolution of the disease concerned. Are the caregivers, the heroes next door.
As Mr Evangelos Filopoulos explains, president of the Greek Cancer Society and Breast Clinic Director Cancer Hospital “SAINT Savvas” Cancer can be seen as a process that starts from the time of diagnosis and continuing with further tests are needed, the treatments – which are often long – regular monitoring after treatment, survival for a long time (which is very common nowadays), the relapse, the new cycle of treatment, and if the disease is resistant to them, the further deterioration of , leading to the final stage.
Each stage of the disease has specific features both in regard to physical health and wellbeing, and to mental or social impact on the sufferer.
An important role for the best possible treatment of cancer, in addition to the patient’s personality, and have relatives and friends, the ones to the care in difficult experiential journey of cancer disease.
And if the patient support is a primary objective, an important factor for achieving it are good and well-structured support, which will by caregivers. Such support and care capacity is not efkolodiatheti in our times, but, if it occurs with full and unreserved readiness, does not mean it will be the best. Nobody is trained and few have experience of how to behave in their own oncology patient.
Usually the diagnosis of cancer announced presence of the one who will learn the” truth “, which, for various reasons, said the patient. This tactic, however, neither the patient himself serves, nor carers easier. The burden of hypocrisy for not to reveal the truth is stressful and undermines all acts of solidarity. Furthermore, it is impossible an average intelligence man does not understand that he is suffering from cancer, and ignorance – that can be and reaction mechanism of the patient’s own – often not the help right treatment. therefore caregivers should be actively involved in supporting their human, not, however, deprived of the right to know the health problem “stresses the k.Filopoulos.
In the first period after the diagnosis, where the patient passes through a series of negative psychological states
(such as, for example, sense of duty, guilt, blame others – usually doctors or spouse – anger, etc.) constant, reasonable and with love debate or the constant presence of the caregiver facilitates rapid psychological empowerment of the patient and opens the way of proper and uninterrupted progress in therapeutic applications. In discussions with the patient, what is needed is thus treated as it was before, not a patronizing behavior which only worsens the situation.
When the physical forces are exhausted, especially during treatments or immediately after, the continuous supply of appropriate for each case of relief measures is a factor that contributes decisively to the good and proper support of the sufferer. Many times how to make these interventions subject that you should learn caregivers or doctors, or nurses, or, finally, of the organizations dealing with cancer and have such schemes *.
When the acute phase of the disease and treatments elapsed says k.Filopoulos, the life of the sufferer returns to normalcy. Support from carers so that reintegration be done as soon as possible and under optimum conditions, it is considered important help. But also the social environment of the patient, especially in the working environment, has the potential to facilitate a smooth and improved in the presence of surviving in his daily life.
Throughout the course of cancer, the reappearance of the final stage is the most difficult plants. We need very large inventory of mental, and often physical, forces from their caregivers, so the one to support the depressed mood of the patient and on the other to stand beside him in the most difficult moments, night and day.
At this stage the need to support caregivers is extremely great.
Need the one requires broader social scale measures (eg regulations to provide additional financial support to facilitate home care by qualified personnel), on the other hand makes a special psychological support and care practical advice particularly pressing. Finally the beloved person loss, after a battle that gave it together with their own people are often not easily manageable. Grief is a field of study and intensive psychological support practices that provide specialized psychologists.
“In any case, in our country the strong family ties and a sense of solidarity to our people act as powerful shock absorbers, which absorb the stress vibrations caused by being a caregiver of a cancer patient. Also the religion of Greek is an important factor empowerment of the difficult moments of his life. If it continues to weaken the family, then there should be the state initiatives to fill the gap that will be in the care of patients with cancer (and not only) “concluded the president of the Greek cancer company.
* The Greek Cancer Society creates groups caregivers in patients with the same cancer and either a telephone call or with explanatory tutorial tries to help them in their work.