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Psychosocial problems and needs of patients undergone chemotherapy

Kinga Grabińska
Izabela Szewczyk-Cisek
Paweł Hernik
Joanna Mykała-Cieśla
Dorota Kaziród

Psychoonkologia 2011, 2: 39–47
Online publish date: 2012/05/31
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Introduction: The study focused on problems and needs of patients undergone chemotherapy in terms of psychosocial functioning.

Aim: Assessment of demand for psychological help, changes in working lives, the use of alternative methods, needs to be informed and the hope of treatment.

Material and methods: The work was based on a survey conducted among patients undergone chemotherapy at The Department of Internal Medicine and Oncological Chemotherapy Medical University of Silesia in Katowice. A survey questionnaire was completed by 122 patients (84 women and 38 men) in the period from 11.2010 to 03.2011.

Results: Before the diagnosis to the affective and anxiety disorders suffered 30% of patients, after the diagnosis – 69% but only 10% of patients have benefited from the assistance of a psychologist/psychiatrist. 24% of those who did not said they had wanted to use it but they had not. As many as 45% of respondents had never heard of any of the supporting techniques; in practice applied them only 13% of patients. The alternative methods were used by 15% of respondents. The professional situation of 27% of respondents worsened after the diagnosis. 98% of patients are able to count on the support of friends/family. Attending physician is the most important source of information gave patients (97%).


1. Oncological patients need holistic care including their psychological wants.

2. There is a necessity of education containing information about psychological methods of support and possibility of contact with ward psychologist.

3. The main source of information is for patients their attending physician.

oncological treatment, psychooncology, patients’ expectations

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