By Patrice Guex, Karol Sikora

Melanoma is intensely universal and in lots of events a really scary disorder, yet for too lengthy the mental facets and results were missed. An creation to Psycho-Oncology bargains in a transparent and straightforward demeanour with the reactions of melanoma sufferers to their disorder, and the ways that they are often helped. within the context of a multidisciplinary technique that takes account of scientific remedies in addition to mental interventions, Guex bargains feedback for higher methods of speaking which will offer a healing partnership among carer and buyer.

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Without fail, cancer will remind one of one’s limits, and if existential goals have not been achieved, it may be the cause of a serious depressive syndrome, indeed a complete decline. To be old also means a modification of one’s image of oneself and one’s body, which it is not always easy to accept. For patients who refuse to see themselves growing old or who have not yet realized that they have entered into this stage of life, the diagnosis of cancer has every chance of brutally pushing them into it.

Whether it is a fact or his imagination, the patient will very soon feel that he belongs to a world apart, that he is misunderstood, even shunned. In contracting a disease with such a bad reputation, everyone will feel in his own way some fundamental fears (Morris etal. 1977; Maguire et al. 1978; Guex 1983), notably: – Fear of alienation. The patient dreads, not so much death, which he finds hard to conceive, but abandonment, rejection, and isolation, especially at the beginning and the end of his illness.

In marital relationships, Jamison et al. (1978) have shown that 23 per cent of women experienced a serious impact on their sex life, that 30 per cent of spouses underestimated the effect of the operation, and that 18 per cent were sexually unsatisfied. Capone et al. (1980) have assessed the effectiveness of individual counselling offered to patients recently treated for a gynaecological cancer. Psychological distress, sexual functioning, and the return to work were assessed three, six, and twelve months after the interviews.

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