Psychologist: Breast Cancer Patients Need Empathy

Psychologist: Breast Cancer Patients Need Empathy

Jakarta – Support from relatives and family for f breast cancer sufferers is very important. According to a psychologist from the London School of Public Relations (LSPR), Cindy Dwi Utami, breast cancer survivors need empathy as one of the backups of their life.

But to show empathy, Cindy added, not by displaying expressions of concern. According to Cindy, empathy is different from compassion. If you feel sorry for seeing objects from the outside, empathy means diving into the life of the object.

“We must be able to understand the context of life. We must listen to their stories, experience, what is felt, then the values, and understand the cultural background,” Cindy told Jurnas.com on Sunday (26/8) during the Training of Batch-4 Companions for Breast Cancer Patients of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation Payudara Indonesia (YKPI), at LSPR Jakarta.

In addition, empathy can be demonstrated not by justifying breast cancer patients. Whatever is expressed by cancer sufferers is what they feel in real (real).

“We validate whatever feelings they report, because that’s what they feel,” Cindy said.

On another occasion, the YKPI Chairperson Linda Agum Gumelar said that psychological and communication skills were needed by companions of breast cancer patients. Because the two things are useful to strengthen patients, in addition to health efforts through medical treatment.
She gave an example, when she got a breast cancer in 1996, the former Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) felt depressed due to cornering sentences from a number of parties.

“I get tremendous pressure from many people because psychology and communication are not understood. So that after meeting with them, I was not getting stronger, but rather I, my feeling and emotions were being cornered,” Linda said.

It is known the Training of Companion Volunteers for Breast Cancer Patients is YKPI’s annual agenda. This year the activity was attended by 51 people, consisting of doctors, nurses, academicians, midwives, and survivors from various regions in Indonesia.

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