Someone Who Cares The article by McCormack et al (2001) “Someone Who Cares A Qualitative Investigation of Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Psychotherapy” is devoted to an unusual correlation between the theme of cancer and an effective treatment of psychotherapy in this field. The issue of cancer treatment as well as psychological support cancer patients should be provided with is of highly importance today and thus worth-discussing. The authors provide us with qualitative research and on the basis of personal witnesses’ analysis. we are informed about the most effective methods of psychotherapy for cancer.
The patients were exposed to cognitive behavioral therapy and a type of relaxation therapy. In the letter case the patients communicated in the form of a chat. This treatment indicates an involvement of persons, who truly care about negative emotions and feelings of the patients. Moreover, individual approach to every patient in cancer care settings is essential both for the individual and group treatment therapies. It is claimed by the authors of the article that the experience of mutual support and cooperation is the most valuable in the process of cancer treatment. In the process of conversation, the patients with cancer are able to share their intimate thoughts and emotions. There is a need for psychological intervention at both personal levels of patients’ involvement and psychological support of medical personnel.
As for me, I agree that patient with cancer or other incurable disease should receive help from each other and from their nurses and physicians, friends and family members in order to feel them easier and lie their remained days with a feeling of a constant support and understanding of people around them. Individual Psychotherapy is positioned in this journal article as a perfect means to decrease emotional pressure imposed on patients with cancer. I am sure that fostering of feeling of connectedness among such patients is a critical decision form making their sufferings easier.
I think that this article is helpful in my challenging work in working with patients in hospice and on the chemo floor. It is very difficult to witness daily deaths and sufferings of patients, who know about their coming death. I think it is better to pay attention to their feelings, than to hide and oppress their attempts of sharing their negative feelings and emotions with their physicians or the other people around them. I am sure that such kind of surveys based on personal evidences of physicians or nurses and members of certain focus groups provide us with realistic vision about the emotional pressures caused by death or other intimidating and oppressing factors surrounding cancer diseases. The communication between cancer patients is extremely important for them as they are able to share their feelings and emotions. There is a need to advance individual psychotherapy in relation to patients with cancer in order to release their negative emotions and feelings and support them at different levels: family, friends, other patients and medical personnel should be caring persons, who are able to be responsive and supporting people in different life challenging situations.
McCormack, T. et al (2001). “Someone Who Cares”: A Qualitative Investigation of Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Psychotherapy. Psycho-Oncology, 10, pp. 52-65.