Focus psychotherapy with cancer patients and their relatives

C. Bressi, G. Guggeri, G. Cerveri

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The presence of cancer requires a series of 'adjustments' that involve the whole of the family nucleus, which often finds itself having to face a whole range of problems, both of a strictly medical nature and of a psychological character. Focus therapy carried out with the patient proves to be a valid aid in helping patients not only to adapt to the illness but also to find new channels of communication suitable for alleviating the emotional load which the illness entails. As regards the relatives of cancer patients, there are two basic points that should be borne in mind: providing information and offering support. It thus becomes necessary to help both patients and relatives to face and to understand the illness, firstly by offering them the medical information they require in order to assess the situation correctly and, secondly, so as to permit them to adapt to the illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalNew Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Cancer
  • Family intervention
  • Focus psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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