What to Tell the Cancer Patient: Socio-Psychiatric Aspects

  • Alina Jarema
  • Marek Jarema


In this era of increased incidence of cancer, many authors direct their attention not only to the physical aspects of the illness, but also to the psychological situation of the patient and the influence of the disease on the patients’ personal lives. The attitudes of the treating physician, that is how he interacts with the patient, and allows the patient to overcome his difficulties, play a very significant role in shaping appropriate attitudes in the patient. The physician’s attitude is motivated by a desire to maintain the appropriate, “normal” functioning of the patient in his environment, and not allowing any disturbance in stability of the patient’s social position. On the other hand, the patients’ behavior towards their own problems related to neoplastic disease are influenced by many social factors. The problem of patients’ awareness of their cancer is of crucial importance. Hence, one is faced with a problem: whether and how to inform such patients of the diagnosis of cancer. From the point of view of medical ethics, the patients’ opinions regarding the above mentioned concern appear to be very useful to a treating physician and helpful in solving this extremely important problem, that is: what to tell a cancer patient?


Social Background Established Diagnosis Larynx Cancer Receive Information Psychological Situation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alina Jarema
    • 1
  • Marek Jarema
    • 1
  1. 1.Radiotherapy Clinic and Psychiatric Clinic of Medical AcademySzczecinPoland

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