Breast cancer is the most common disease prevailing in the lives of women today. When a woman falls ill it not only affects her, but it has an adverse impact on all her family members. Out of all diseases, breast cancer is most complex which affects all aspects of a woman’s life during and after treatment.
I am writing this blog today in order to reach out to these women and salute their strength. While most of the country is aware of breast cancer we still tend to neglect issues of unmet needs for education, information, and intervention for side effects.
According to a research cancer patients can be screened for distress. Health care providers use a variety of screening tools to gauge whether a patient requires help managing their emotions and stress. Patients who show moderate to severe distress are suggested resources like psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists etc.
Evidence suggests that rehabilitation and exercise are effective in preventing and managing many physical side effects of breast cancer treatment. I personally feel group interventions or meetings may also be an effective way to lower stress or any kind of psychological trauma these patients may be experiencing. This is because people who are experiencing alike symptoms share their stories and in turn others are provide ongoing support and encouragement. Group interventions also aid in gaining skills essential for role functioning on a day to day basis, increase structure during the week, increase social interaction and activity tolerance.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with cancer. It can help you process the journey and it is amazing how helpful it turns out to be.
About the Author
Iman Jindani is an Occupational Psychologist and Consultant at Learning Minds Group (LMG). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial Organization (IO) from University of Texas at Arlington. She offers personal and organizational consulting services for corporates. She can be reached at [email protected]