In the current study we describe three clinical cases with the aim of reflecting upon an increasingly frequent but still neglected reality in oncological practice; namely, the difficult passage of advanced patients and their most important needs as they progress from a so-called active form of treatment to a more supportive and palliative approach. The attempt to identify strategies that will enable the treatment center to remain pervious and receptive to the patient's suffering, has led us to consider the institutional organism as afield of defense mechanisms and as a thinking tool, of which the psychologist is part but must deal with in order to facilitate the patient's experience during the clinical course.
|Translated title of the contribution||The difficult passage of advanced patients and their most important needs: Three cunical cases|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Issue number||1 SUPPL. A|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health