Skip to search form Skip to main content. Psychological and social aspects of breast cancer. Ganz Published in Oncology Breast cancer treatments today are likely to cause less physical deformity from surgery than a half-century ago, but are more complex and extend over a longer period of time. Women today are often well informed about the details of their cancer diagnosis and prognosis, and are increasingly involved in shared decision-making regarding treatment. View PDF. Save to Library.
Understanding the Psychological Effects of Breast Cancer
Understanding the Psychological Effects of Breast Cancer - Blog
Metrics details. Social environment is a well-recognized determinant in health and wellbeing. Among breast cancer patients, inadequate social support is associated with a substantial increase in cancer-related mortality. A common explanation is that socially isolated individuals fare worse due to reduced instrumental support i.
Breast cancer and social environment: getting by with a little help from our friends
In the United States, more than , women and approximately 2, men receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Given the urgent demands of treatment, it can be easy for primary care providers, like Family Nurse Practitioners , to focus on physical aspects of care when a diagnosis occurs. However, addressing the physical demands of the disease is just one part of a comprehensive treatment regimen for breast cancer; treatment must account for patients' psychological needs as well.
A number of different psychological and social factors can affect the emotional stability and physical outcomes for patients with breast cancer. Assessing the psychological aspects of breast cancer treatment and identifying activities that can alleviate stress involved in the treatment process, could reduce the anxiety and emotional upheaval associated with breast cancer. This paper will look at some of the most common psychosocial issues facing breast cancer patients and some of the latest developments in treating these problems. Despite exceptional developments in both the treatment of breast cancer and the aftercare provided by medical professionals, many women still endure significant psychological and social issues, both while they are receiving care and after completion of their treatment plan. Feelings of isolation Cacioppo and Hawkley , S44 , issues with body image Schover , and lack of information about the extent and type of care visits required Burton and Parker , 42 are among the most commonly reported issues for women after undergoing surgical treatments for breast cancer.