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By Patrice Guex, Karol Sikora

Melanoma is intensely universal and in lots of occasions a very scary ailment, yet for too lengthy the mental points and results were neglected. An advent to Psycho-Oncology offers in a transparent and easy demeanour with the reactions of melanoma sufferers to their disease, and the ways that they are often helped. within the context of a multidisciplinary technique that takes account of clinical remedies in addition to mental interventions, Guex bargains feedback for higher methods of speaking in order to supply a healing partnership among carer and buyer.

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1977); – the patient’s anxiety is the source of more suffering, pain, or sideeffects than the disease itself could give rise to (Meyerowitz 1979); – emotional reactions hamper daily life (work, social interaction), or the individual gives up normal sources of gratification (for example, a patient becomes excessively dependent, while blocking therapeutic proposals, and shows a total dissatisfaction with the care he receives and the life he leads); – psychiatric disorders appear, notably a collapse of self-esteem, and communication problems, with erroneous interpretations of all information; or threats of suicide, happily relatively rare, which always indicate a cry for help.

At St Christopher’s Hospice in London, good results have been obtained by allowing the members of the family to share the patient’s meals, or in trying to reintroduce the patient’s usual foods (Saunders 1982). Apart from specific alimentary disorders, the general deterioration in health may make the regular intake of food difficult. Fatigue will prevent the patient from going shopping, preparing meals, or eating them. If one skimps the careful preparation of dishes, meals will inevitably be less attractive.

1981–2) have noted that in radiotherapy the use of a quiet machine like the betatron allays anxiety and depression. Anxiety is at the root of the anticipatory nauseas encountered in chemotherapy (Redd et al. 1982a; Redd 1982b; Redd and Andrykowski 1982c). In these cases, the patients describe how they are overcome by fear and anxiety several days before the expected procedure. It is the same when it is a matter of finding a good vein, at the moment of inserting the drip, or when the nurse ‘who is good at injections’ is not there.

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