What is psycho-oncology?
Psycho-oncology uses psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling to address the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of living with chronic physiological problems. It looks at the patient and their families psychological response to having cancer, for example, during all stages of the disease. The talking therapy also addresses the psychological behavioural and social factors that may influence the process of the disease.
Why is psycho-oncology useful?
The treatment is offered to patients who have begun to experience psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, secondary to their cancer diagnosis. The service is beneficial for patients who need additional support on their journey.
Psycho-oncology may also help in-patients who are not responding to treatment for their disease. It can also help patients who require treatment for drug and alcohol dependency.
Which medical conditions can benefit from psycho-oncology?
Psycho-oncology is used for patients living with acute or chronic physiological conditions such as:
Who practices psycho-oncology?
The service is built-up of a team consisting of a consultant psychiatrist, counselling and therapy staff and specialist nurses.