Psycho-oncology: My chosen journey

Maya, S. (2021) Psycho-oncology: My chosen journey. Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications.

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Before choosing psycho-oncology, there was a juncture in my life when I had to select my specialization for further education. It was overwhelming to choose one from all the areas available at that time and be solely responsible for this decision as it had a bearing on not just me, but also on my family. In 2013 (when I decided on my area of specialization), psycho-oncology was a new field. With just a belief to hold onto, that one day psycho-oncology would be widespread and welcomed in Indian cancer care, I pursued this field with dedication and passion. Despite knowing the risk of choosing a career of a barely trodden path, I took the plunge because I believed in its need and that I could contribute to this field meaningfully. Persistent efforts to integrate psycho-oncology into mainstream oncology are being made by psychologists, policymakers, oncologists, social workers and palliative care professionals and I will continuously strive to add my bit to this field. Cancer, as is commonly known, is an illness of the patient, as well as the family. Cancer impacts patients, caretakers, and oncologists. I observed that factors such as culture, age, caretakers beliefs, their perceptions about the illness, society, and the stigma associated with the illness are some of the barriers to truthful disclosure. This is an area within psycho-oncology that interests me and I have dedicated the past few years of my research to knowing it in depth. In this narration, I share with you an encounter with a patient which propelled me certainly and went deeply into psycho-oncology. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer patients, end-of-life care, oncology, psycho-oncology, psychology
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 12:14
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 12:14
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