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Doświadczanie choroby nowotworowej
The experience of cancer

Psychosocial aspects

Author(s): Natalia Ulaniecka
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: cancer; cancer patients; social functioning; needs of cancer patients; problems of cancer patients; interpersonal relations; family; hospital; social support
Summary/Abstract: Cancer is becoming an ever greater problem, not only for individual health, but also for society as a whole. Statistics show that more and more people are experiencing the oncological illness. This serious, potentially fatal disease undeniably affects life and functioning, not only in the physical aspect, but also in the psychological and social, the latter being a dimension which often seems to be overlooked in discourse on this problem. In the case of oncological diseases, the treatment of which in many cases is radical and where the disease itself has particular social significance, this impact is especially significant. Thus, a large and extremely important niche appears in the area of scientific and practical interest concerning support for the quality of life and everyday functioning of those with oncological diseases. Referring to theory and the results of her own research (based on interviews with cancer patients and specialists), the author describes extremely important aspects of living with and alongside cancer. She addresses issues related to family functioning, social functioning and functioning as a patient. This book aims to familiarise readers with the specific difficulties experienced by those suffering from cancer as well as their needs related to this illness. This may be the first step towards greater understanding and support for people coping with cancer.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-232-4017-4
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-232-4016-7
  • Page Count: 380
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish