Clara Pérez Cárdenas1* and Lien L Camargo Legorburo2
1Profesor e Investigador Auxiliar, Policlínico Docente “Dr. Mario Escalona Reguera”,
2Psicóloga de Grupo Básico de Trabajo, Policlínico Docente “Dr. Mario Escalona Reguera”, Habana, Cuba
*Corresponding Author: Clara Pérez Cárdenas, Profesor e Investigador Auxiliar, Policlínico Docente “Dr. Mario Escalona Reguera”, Habana, Cuba.
Received: March 19, 2020; Published: March 30, 2020
Cancer is one of the chronic diseases with the highest incidence today. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide, cancer mortality is expected to increase by 45% between 2007 and 2030; and that it will go from 7.9 million to 11.5 million deaths, due in part to demographic growth and an aging population.
According to data offered in the Statistical Yearbook of Health (2013) in Cuba, cancer is the first cause of death for the population, occupying the first place among the ten diseases that cause mortality. The treatments turn out to be extremely aggressive and in many cases produce collateral consequences that affect the quality of life of the patients.
Taking into account the role of psychological factors in the adaptation to the disease, throughout the process and in the quality of life of cancer patients, it is possible to understand and value the need and importance of the work of the psychologist in the care of these patients.
In this sense, the article that is based on research results made in a health area, that is, at the primary level of care, will allow a timely and necessary approach to emotional states, coping styles and irrational beliefs that are verified in a group of cancer patients in a disease-free interval. In this way, research is considered to have a fundamental diagnostic and practical value. In order to increase the quality of life in these patients, the results of the study would favor the elaboration of individual or group psychological intervention strategies. Only by taking care of the inner world of the patient who has an oncological diagnosis, the health actions that are developed with him and with his families, will be effective. At the same time, elements on these psychological aspects are provided specifically in the disease-free periods, a topic that has been little studied in the area of Psycho-oncology.
Keywords: Cancer; Emotional States; Coping Styles; Irrational Beliefs
Citation: Clara Pérez Cárdenas and Lien L Camargo Legorburo. “Emotional States, Coping and Irrational Beliefs in a Group of Cancer Patients". Acta Scientific Neurology 3.4 (2020): 31-39.
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