ICAPEM is committed to addressing the psychological dimension of patients with lung cancer

The Association for Research on Lung Cancer in Women (ICAPEM) has called Encourage attention
Psychotherapy for cancer patients with lung cancer
. during the day A psycho-oncology approach to lung cancer in womenHeld in Zaragoza, various professionals only highlighted the importance A comprehensive treatment approachBut this approach is made keeping in mind the need Differences between men and women.

The meeting, which was attended by numerous oncology professionals and people from the field of psychology, served to put that on the table. The need to guide cancer treatment towards an approach that does not only consider physical damage which causes disease, but also has psychological, emotional and spiritual effects. “The body suffers, but people suffer and we have to take care of the person” Maria Nabal explained in her presentation.

Addressing what the day begins with Current status of lung cancer in women. An alarming situation since then, while the mortality rate among men is decreasing, among women it is increasing, at least in Spain. in fact, It is observed that female smokers have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than male smokers.. Paradoxically, it is also the case that 2 out of 3 non-smoking lung cancer patients are women.

Later he studied passionately Psychological and emotional aspects of lung cancer and in differences between female patients and male patients.

The conference explained that “when a woman is sick, the whole family system breaks down even more.” This makes it necessary A psycho-oncological approach is carried out taking into account the gender of the individual and the impact of the disease on your priorities, your needs and your family life.

Strong psychological effect

This 40 percent of patients suffer from complications (strong psychological effect) and there are two realities behind it. On the one hand, the stigma that still surrounds the disease and on the other, the The disease and treatment affect patients’ daily lives. A life that, on many occasions, changes even more when the patient is a woman, as the tasks of family care often fall on them and, in fact, they prioritize the family’s needs over their own.

Certainly those needs are focused on in one of the presentations by Yolanda Andrew. It clarified that “The A cancer patient’s needs are not limited to symptoms”, but go further and include psychological aspects viz Anxiety, fear of pain or loneliness.

There are, moreover, some Information requirements, which occurs both in patients and in their environment. An environment that, as Beatriz Rubio recalled in her talk, also required psycho-oncology to understand what was going on, Go through different stages of grief And can be a support for patients who, especially in the case of women, are reluctant to seek help.

This is due to resistance, especially in female patients A great stigma surrounds lung cancer And the need to normalize (unconscious) symptoms to avoid feelings of guilt. This was explained by Angela García Conde, who explained it Fear of “horrible death”. Because the doctor and the environment believe that the woman herself is causing the disease due to smoking, they delay the visit to the doctor and most of the cases are diagnosed late.

Apart from this, in the case of female patients also a Great resistance due to fear that the family will be neglected due to his illness. In fact, it has been observed that in women this anxiety is much higher than in men, while hope is lower, to the point that the wish to hasten death is more common in female patients. Yet this happens Women are more likely to seek psychological help.

For all these reasons, professionals called by ICAPEM ask that Psycho-oncological care is present throughout the process and is not limited to the final stages of treatment, as was the case until recently. They also demand that this care be individualized, taking into account the characteristics and circumstances of each patient and, of course, their gender. Moreover, they consider it essential Invest in improving communication with patients and their families and in providing healthcare with an increasingly humane character.

In addition to all this, from ICAPEM they ask Do not forget the health workers themselves and provide them with comprehensive care. They note that there are many health professionals who are psychologically affected by everything in their work, such as developing problems known as “listening fatigue”.

Therefore, experts encouraged all professionals Don’t neglect aspects like physical exercise, diet, healthy lifestyle design, sleep or emotional self-regulation. Because “caring for the toilet is part of caring for the patient, because the toilet is, often, the patient’s safe base”.

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