Cancer Patient Companion Technical Tips

Cancer Patient Companion Technical Tips

Psychologist Nelly Hursepunny S.Psi said being a cancer patient companion must have the ability to understand the feelings or problems faced by a patient. Because, by being able to understand the patient’s condition, the companion know what must be done to help them.

“Assistance is a situation where everyone needs to continuously and systematically facilitate various problems faced by patients and their families or communities,” Nelly said in a cancer companion training event organized by the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI), July 26-28, 2019 at LSPR Jakarta.

Nelly explained that there are three technical assistance that must be possessed by a facilitator. First, they must be a good listener, listen to every problem a patient tells. “Because there will certainly be many stories of problems being faced by patients who want to be shared to their companions,” said Nelly.

Secondly, the companion must have empathy to be able to understand how the patient feels, as if the companion feels the same as them. “Cancer patients will generally experience stress, anxiety, sadness and even depression. Therefore, they need empathy from the companion. Empathy means companion trying to understand and feel what he is experiencing,” she said.

Thirdly, the companion must have appropriate and correct communication techniques when interacting with patients. “Here, a companion conveys more things that are needed by the patient, instead of talking about the patient’s disease condition,” she said.

Nelly further explained, a good companion would not place herself/himself as a medical advisor. For this reason, companions may not provide medical advice to patients. “If indeed the patient asks, the companion must say she/he does not know and then guide the patient to ask directly to the doctor,” said Nelly.

In addition, Nelly said again, it is very important for the companion to maintain patient’s confidentiality. Companion is forbidden to disclose information given by the patient, let alone to be made public through social media, both in the form of photos and videos. So, are you ready to be a cancer patient companion?

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