The Impact of Cancer on Mental Health and the Importance of Supportive Services

Mental Health and Supportive Services For Patients With Cancer

Authors

  • Zhila Fereidouni Department of Nursing, School of Nursing, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa, Iran
  • Samaneh Dehghan Abnavi Department of Operating Room, Community-Oriented Nursing Midwifery Research Center, Nursing and Midwifery School, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
  • Zeinab Ghanbari Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Roqayeh Gashmard Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran
  • Fatemeh Zarepour Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Neda Khalili Samani Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Abraham Rajesh Sharma Department of Community Medicine, BJ Government Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Afsaneh Ghasemi Department of Public Health, School of Health, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa, Iran

Keywords:

Cancer; Mental Health; Suportive Services; Caregiver; Depression; Anaxity

Abstract

Cancer is a complex disease that affects the physical and psychological well-being of the patient, their families, and caregivers. Indeed, cancer-related mental health disorders could impact treatment adherence, quality of life, and overall health outcomes. In addition, approximately 30% of patients may experience cancer-related psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Also, caregivers of patients with cancer can experience significant emotional, physical, and financial stress, which can have a negative impact on their health. Therefore, to address these issues, mental health resources should be integrated into cancer care settings to identify and intervene early for individuals with psychological distress. Hence, providing psychological support, counseling, and education about coping strategies could create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can express their emotions, reducing feelings of isolation and depression. However, there are some important barriers to accessing mental health support for individuals with cancer, including stigma, cultural attitudes, and financial and logistical challenges. Hence, strategies to overcome these barriers include increasing awareness and education about the importance of mental health care, providing integrated care that addresses both physical and mental health needs, and utilizing telehealth services. So, healthcare providers should continue to develop and implement innovative approaches to mental health care that are tailored to the essential requirements of individuals with cancer and to enhance knowledge regarding the key roles of mental health care for individuals with cancer.

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