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On the last track we discussed influences or factors that can affect how well clients cope with cancer. The four types of influences were the disease itself, stage of life, resources, values, and emotional patterns of the client, and social support.
On this track we will discuss dealing with discovery. Let’s examine three issues surrounding dealing with the discovery of the cancer. These reactions are denial, anger, and a sense of loss. We’ll also discuss techniques for minimizing the sense of loss. As you listen to this track, consider your client. How might he or she benefit from Linda Roberts’ techniques for minimizing the sense of loss described at the end of this track?
3 Reactions to the Discovery of Cancer
Reaction #1. Denial
Reaction #2. Anger
Reaction #3. Sense of Loss
Good health, energy, even good looks your client might feel like they are gone. Cheerfulness and sociability, even the closeness of family and friends might seem lost to clients. Perhaps one of the biggest losses becomes the sense of lost hope and dreams for the future. If your client is experiencing a loss of hope, you might refer to tracks 9 and 10 of this course for more information. Here are some ways to minimize the other perceived losses.
Technique: 8 Steps to Minimizing the Sense of Loss
On this track we discussed dealing with discovery. We examined three issues regarding dealing with discovery. They are denial, anger, and sense of loss. We also discussed techniques for minimizing the sense of loss. Would playing this track in a session be beneficial to your client?
On the next track we will discuss awfulizing. We will discuss the progression of awfulizing through panic cognitions, the importance of clear decision making, how panic turns to awfulizing, and the stop awfulizing technique.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Cook, S. A., Salmon, P., Dunn, G., Holcombe, C., Cornford, P., & Fisher, P. (2015). The association of metacognitive beliefs with emotional distress after diagnosis of cancer. Health Psychology, 34(3), 207–215.
Henselmans, I., Helgeson, V. S., Seltman, H., de Vries, J., Sanderman, R., & Ranchor, A. V. (2010). Identification and prediction of distress trajectories in the first year after a breast cancer diagnosis. Health Psychology, 29(2), 160–168.
Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Tworoger, S. S., Poole, E. M., Zhang, X., Giovannucci, E. L., Meyerhardt, J. A., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2018). Psychological symptoms and subsequent healthy lifestyle after a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Health Psychology, 37(3), 207–217.
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