22 junio, 2021

Psychology plays a big role in breast cancer patients treatment: CETYS Professor Marilyn Martinez

ALBERTO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/NEWSROOM

Receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult for those who suffer from it, and can trigger stress, depression, fear and anxiety. When it comes to fighting this disease, treatment begins with a consultation with the oncologist and during the process surgeons, nurses, nurses intervene; but the emotional state of whoever is fighting the battle is not always taken care of.

The role of the psychologist is crucial to help understand what is happening, as well as to face the beginning of the treatments necessary to defeat cancer, and the physical and socio-emotional changes that occur in the course of the process. In most cases, the intervention of an emotional health professional is necessary to demystify the taboos that surround this disease, explained Mtra. Marilyn Martínez, Professor at the School of Psychology at CETYS University Campus Mexicali.

The two main branches of psychology that focus on this type of treatment, he added, are psycho-oncology, which provides therapeutic and psychological care for patients with cancer or malignant tumors, and health psychology, which focuses on promoting and maintain health, rehabilitate and intervene in disease issues through biological techniques, behaviors and social circle. «The treatment of breast cancer is an interdisciplinary work, where physiotherapies, nutritionists, oncologists, radiologists intervene and of course, psychologists must be available» Making a psychologist part of the team, from the moment the diagnosis is known and while it lasts during the fight against breast cancer, is important, since it is the specialized and trained professional to act as a link between the patient and the treating doctors. , in charge of helping inform and assimilate the implications of the evolution of the condition, as well as advising those who are living this experience to reorganize their life to deal in the best possible way with the stage they face.

Receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult for those who suffer from it, and can trigger stress, depression, fear and anxiety. When it comes to fighting this disease, treatment begins with a consultation with the oncologist and during the process surgeons, nurses, nurses intervene; but the emotional state of whoever is fighting the battle is not always taken care of.

The role of the psychologist is crucial to help understand what is happening, as well as to face the beginning of the treatments necessary to defeat cancer, and the physical and socio-emotional changes that occur in the course of the process. In most cases, the intervention of an emotional health professional is necessary to demystify the taboos that surround this disease, explained Mtra. Marilyn Martínez, Professor at the School of Psychology at CETYS University Campus Mexicali.

The two main branches of psychology that focus on this type of treatment, he added, are psycho-oncology, which provides therapeutic and psychological care for patients with cancer or malignant tumors, and health psychology, which focuses on promoting and maintain health, rehabilitate and intervene in disease issues through biological techniques, behaviors and social circle. «The treatment of breast cancer is an interdisciplinary work, where physiotherapies, nutritionists, oncologists, radiologists intervene and of course, psychologists must be available» Making a psychologist part of the team, from the moment the diagnosis is known and while it lasts during the fight against breast cancer, is important, since it is the specialized and trained professional to act as a link between the patient and the treating doctors. , in charge of helping inform and assimilate the implications of the evolution of the condition, as well as advising those who are living this experience to reorganize their life to deal in the best possible way with the stage they face.

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