Psychologist: Cancer Patients Need Listeners Instead of Advisors

Psychologist: Cancer Patients Need Listeners Instead of Advisors

Cancer patients not only need medical treatment, but also need psychological healing. Therefore, according to psychologist Cindy Dwi Utami, assistance efforts are needed to overcome the psychological disorders experienced by each patient.

“Usually patients with chronic diseases such as breast cancer always face mental or emotional pressures in dealing with the problems they face. For that, we need a companion so that the patient can get out of these pressures, “said Cindy in a cancer patient companion training event organized by the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) on July 26-28 2019 at LSPR Jakarta.

According to a psychologist from the London School of Public Relations (LSPR), a companion must be able to adapt to the emotional condition of the patient. Because the emotional condition of each patient is different even though the pressure faced is the same that is a chronic disease such as breast cancer, so the companion must be able to be physically and emotionally present in the patient’s consciousness.

The role of the companion in accompanying a patient who is diagnosed with breast cancer is to be physically and emotionally present and this is known to the patient that someone is accompanying or accompanying him/her in the journey to face this breast cancer,” Cindy said.

In addition to that, the young psychologist said the companion must be able to be a good listener for patients. Because by being a good listener, a companion will be able to learn and understand what the patient is experiencing.

“Then the most important thing is to listen, because basically the facilitator is not an advisor, not a problem solver. The companion is someone who is present and tries to learn and understand what the patient is experiencing,” she said.

According to her, the awareness that there are people who try to accompany, accompany, and try to listen to the patient basically becomes a leap towards psychological healing in themselves.

Cindy added, the duty of a companion was only to help the patient to realize the potentials they had in themselves, so that they are able to treat the blanketing emotional pressures without relying on others.

“Therefore, letting a patient speak is one way to make the patient aware that within her/him she/he has the power to face problems,” she added.

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