Depression Hurts Cancer Patients Much More than the Cancer Itself Does

Mrs. Xie, 60 years old, was still in charge of the family business. She had always been in good health, very energetic and emulous, thus she was universally accepted as a dragon lady by her friends, relatives and staff. In recent years, due to vaginal bleeding, she went to hospital for check and the diagnostic result was cervical cancer. It is just like a thunder from the clear sky that Mrs. Xie can't accept this fact that she got cancer at all. During hospital admission, she was very silent, glassy with very poor appetite. Less than half a year after her discharge, she chose to kill herself, leaving her beloved family and her career that she struggled for lifetime.

Experts from Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou point out that people who are competitive tend to be too vulnerable to withstand the blow of the diseases. After learning the truth, those kinds of cancer patients often become depressive, anxious with decreased immunity, so there is a saying that many cancer patients die of suicide or other complications instead of cancer. Clinical studies have revealed that cancer patients have different degree of psychological and emotional problems, depending on age, occupation, educational level, social status, family situation and personality, the manifestation will also be different. Overall, from the first day to one year that the cancer is diagnosed, there are about 90% of patients suffering from anxiety, depression, fear, despair and even suicidal tendency. Therefore, a good psychological nursing for cancer patients, to some extent is more important than other rehabilitation measures. The following are some tips for cancer patients and their families to improve patients’ bad mood.

1.Keeping home environment warm and fresh, this can make patient feel comfortable: when patient needs to go home for rehabilitation, family members can furnish patient’s room according to the patient’s preference. Here we suggest a warm and fresh environment including fresh and elegant curtains and bed sheets, so as to light up the patient’s mood from vision.

2.Delicate diet can satisfy patient: in rehabilitation period, cancer patients may occasionally appear vomiting, loss of appetite, so family members should try to do delicate food to improve patient’s appetite. Here we suggest that light and delicious food that is easy to digest and absorb collocated meat and vegetables, coarse grain and fine food.

3.Chatting with friends can help patient find confidence back: cancer patients often become weak and in low spirits after finished treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy. Accompanied by good friends, patients may be happier and confident, because the support of friends sometimes is more important than that of family.

4. Mutual help and encouragement between patients relieve loneliness: cancer patients can participate in rehabilitation Club , where there are a lot of patients in ” same boat" giving each other support and comfort to each other, establishing the confidence to overcome this disease.

5.A professional guidance from psychiatrist can help patients out: when cancer patients are suffered from severe depression, it is best to see a psychiatrist to accept antidepressant treatment.

6.Becoming friends with your attending physician: patients should keep in touch with your attending doctors, do follow-up on a regular basis, in order to discover whether there is reoccurrence or metastasis.

Based on numerous clinical cases, Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou according found that cancer patients who are outgoing, positive and optimistic to face cancer often have longer survival period, higher quality of life, and better prognosis. In contrast, cancer patients who are depressed and unhappy all day long often have unsatisfactory prognosis. Therefore, it is very important to help cancer patients overcome depression!

*Surgery, in addition to the appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy, are effective in treating early cancer, but certain patients in late stage of cancer may not be tolerate surgery well as they can be relatively weak. A combination of carefully planned minimally invasive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can effectively reduce the side effects and discomfort of treatment and may help patient get better efficacy.

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