Activity - patient
Group interventions after treatment for breast cancer
For most women, cancer and cancer treatments are very emotionally challenging, during treatment but also very often after treatment. Coping with the changes brought about by the illness, at the physical, psychological and relational level, envisaging returning to work, allaying the fear of recurrence, managing the sense of sorrow, anxiety or other emotions can sometimes seem insurmountable. These interventions are designed to help patients adjust to post-cancer life through sharing experiences and learning techniques to better regulate the emotions (relaxation and hypnosis techniques).
Cancer and cancer treatments are very emotionally challenging throughout the diagnosis and treatment stages, but also during the post-treatment period. The end of treatments can be associated with conflicting emotions. Although the end of treatment often gives rise to feelings of relief, it can also be at the root of feelings of apprehension and vulnerability as regards possible return of the disease. Patients are therefore frequently torn between the wish to start making new plans and doubts about their future. In this context, thoughts and emotions seem to spin out of control, sometimes resulting in difficulties at personal, marital, family, social and/or professional levels.
A group psychological support intervention comprising eight sessions. Its objective, through sharing experiences with other group members, is learning and using stress management techniques and helping with improved regulation of emotions in the post-treatment period. The group sessions are preceded by an individual consultation with a psychologist.
The Fund for Scientific Research F.R.S-FNRS (Télévie Grant), the Friends of the Bordet Institute and the Suzanne Duchesne Fund (King Baudouin Foundation) contribute to financing this intervention.
With the financial support of the Fund for Scientific Research F.R.S-FNRS (Télévie Grant), the Suzanne Duchesne Fund (King Baudouin Foundation), the COCOM and the Friends of the Bordet Institute.
- Pauline Waroquier
- +32 (0)2 650 48 61