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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-197

Methods of intervention in reducing the psychosocial impact while dealing with cancer as a disease: A clinician's point of view

1 Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy, Charles University in Prague, Medical Faculty and Teaching Hospital, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
2 Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Military Health Sciences University of Defence, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Correspondence Address:
S Trivedi
Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy, Charles University, Teaching Hospital, Hradec Kralove 500 05
Czech Republic
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.38993

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Aims and Objective: We searched for the clinically relevant suggestions, recommendations and findings amongst the papers on psycho oncology. The term clinically relevant for us meant 'practical and implemental modes of intervention that contribute but would not affect or interfere with the normal functioning of the present system and treatment modality of the patients.' Our intention was to use the available information for the benefit of our patients. We also searched for the data that would prove the significance of these methods. In most parts of the world it is not possible to involve a psychologist at every level of cancer care. Based on the findings, we intend to carry out our own project for the psychosocial intervention in cancer patients and make suggestions that could be adopted even by those who have little or no experience in psychology. Conclusion: The field of psycho oncology is a relatively new and evolving subspecialty of oncology and psychology at the same time. Current data and papers, which would make simple and implemental modes of intervention at psychosocial level, are limited. There is a dire necessity of solid data and list of suggestion to the specialists, non-specialists and those who take care of the cancer patients, to enhance the care they provide to the cancer patients.

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