Psycho-education 'can help when receiving breast cancer treatment'

31 January 2012

Women who are receiving their first stages of breast cancer treatment can be eased through the process by adopting various interventions into their lifestyle.

This is the key piece of advice which has emerged from a new study undertaken by Deborah Witt Sherman, from Baltimore's University of Maryland School of Nursing, and her associates.

The team analysed the behaviour of 249 women who opted for usual care alone, usual care with telephone counselling, usual care with psycho-educational videos and usual care with both psycho-educational videos and telephone counselling.

It was established that those in all groups displayed significant signs of improvement regarding their general health, social adjustment and psychological well-being.

However, those in the usual care alone category demonstrated a poorer level of emotional adjustment to side effect distress and severity when compared to women in other groups.

The authors also noted: "Psycho-education by videotapes and telephone counselling decreased side effect distress and side effect severity and increased psychological well-being during the adjuvant therapy phase."

Breast cancer is still a large health threat in Britain, with more than 48,000 people diagnosed with the disease in 2008 alone, according to the latest statistics released by Cancer Research UK.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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