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By Patrice Guex, Karol Sikora

Melanoma is very universal and in lots of occasions a very scary ailment, yet for too lengthy the mental facets and results were neglected. An advent to Psycho-Oncology bargains in a transparent and easy demeanour with the reactions of melanoma sufferers to their affliction, and the ways that they are often helped. within the context of a multidisciplinary method that takes account of scientific remedies in addition to mental interventions, Guex deals feedback for higher methods of speaking in an effort to offer a healing partnership among carer and buyer.

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This is revealed when the patient does not present the classical signs of rebellion on the announcement of his diagnosis (suffering, fear, and anger) (Wirsching et al. 1981). Renneker (1981) has defined the ‘pathological niceness syndrome’. This may signal dangerous ground and constitutes a risk factor. It is particularly important to monitor patients who present as too submissive, passive, and anxious in order to please the doctor (Bahnson 1976; Baltrusch 1975). Generally, they belong to the category of people who do not present any problem, and whom one appreciates for it, because they do not require one to devote too much time to them and are always in agreement.

The patient no longer struggles against death and lives his last days peacefully. This concept, the fruit of Dr Kübler-Ross’s wide personal experience, has great educational validity, for it compels care-givers to be aware of the non-linear and conflicting dynamic which a patient has to experience in order to end by accepting something extraordinary and unacceptable—death. However, one must not make a universal model out of this, and Kübler-Ross herself was surprised to see that a rigid scheme, with almost obligatory stages, had been drawn from it, even if they follow in a variable order.

For a wide public, the most functional explanation is that it is a question of a social ill and that its origin must be attributed to more general causes, such as living conditions, nutrition, or radio-activity, or more simply that it arises from the laws of chance. Attributing the onset of cancer to living conditions offers a rationale for choosing diets or adopting a more healthy way of life. It offers a framework for a radical change in life-style, which naturally depends on individual convictions.

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