WU Associations Between Caregiving Worries and Psychophysical Well Being Discussion

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Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

Expand on your colleague’s post regarding psychosocial effects of cancer on patients and caregivers by providing a different perspective.

Suggest different ways you might address the psychosocial needs of a cancer patient.

Explain any insights you gained from the posts submitted by your colleagues.

Be sure to use reference. (Also, need to be different reference for each post)

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An explanation of how this type of cancer might affect the health and well-being of the patient and caregivers.

Breast cancer is devastating for both patients and loved ones. They are generally exhausted. Patients get into discomfort while taking care of their loved ones, but caregivers take time off because of personal issues. Among caregivers, high blood pressure is common as well. Family income is a major challenge faced by caregivers as they give up their jobs to look after their loved ones (Meuche, 2017). Both the patient and the caregiver suffer considerable loss. On the other hand, healthcare professionals and patients can feel isolated by other family members and friends, which can result in depression.

Explain the psychosocial effects of the cancer on the patient and caregivers.

It is more typical for breast cancer patients and their caregivers to have psychological pressures, which may exacerbate distress. Many caregivers have psychological problems, and they strive intensely to be caregivers. Psychosocial issues of patients and relatives build fear of patients. Patients and their families are also afraid of the future since they are worried about what will happen in future (Kent et al., 2012). Any caregivers will work extra-long hours without having pay. Patients and caregivers sometimes suffer mental trauma, for example, depression and frustration.

Explain how psychosocial factors might impact a treatment care plan and the management of the disease.

Lonely people will show even more signs and get sicker. The detailed caregiving arrangements would be adversely influenced by emotional distress so that individual cannot cope with the problem. Due to weak social help, treating breast cancer becomes a challenge. The patient may feel lonely and excluded by relatives and friends because of their current circumstance (Gehlert, & Browne, 2019). There could be gaps in the implementation of an individual's course of treatment when patients are unable to obtain the appropriate social and emotional resources. Breast cancer patients ought to be encouraged that everything shall be well.

Explain how you might address the psychosocial needs of a cancer patient and caregiver.

Next, I can help to access social assistance by supporting breast cancer patients. This will act as assistance for patients with breast cancer and inspiring them to remain positive when undergoing their recovery plan (Schroepfer, 2011). There would be position for me of tension coping strategies such as calming and meditation (Zavagli et al., 2016). Third, I would arrange information workshops for patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer and help them think about their disease and what might be done about it.


Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2019). Handbook of health social work (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Meuche, G. (2017). An uninvited guest: Addressing students’ death anxiety in oncology social work field placement. Field Educator, 7(1), 1-7.

Schroepfer, T. (2011). Oncology social work in palliative care. Current Problems in Cancer, 35(6), 357–364 [Erratum. Current Problems in Cancer, 36(1), 20].

Kent, E. E., Parry, C., Montoya, M. J., Sender, L. S., Morris, R. A., & Anton-Culver, H. (2012). "You're too young for this": Adolescent and young adults' perspectives on cancer survivorship. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30(2), 260– 279.

Zavagli, V., Miglietta, E., Varani, S., Pannuti, R., Brighetti, G. & Pannuti, F. (2016). Associations between caregiving worries and psychophysicial well-being. An investigation on home- cared cancer patients family caregivers. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(2), 857-863.

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Post an explanation of how this type of cancer might affect the health and well-being of the patient and caregivers. Explain the psychosocial effects of the cancer on the patient and caregivers. Explain how psychosocial factors might impact a treatment care plan and the management of the disease. Finally, explain how you might address the psychosocial needs of a cancer patient and caregiver.

Cancer is a family disease that does not just affect the patient but the entire family. Family caregivers are expected to provide complex care in the home with little preparation or support. When the demands placed on caregivers exceed their resources, caregivers feel overwhelmed, burdened and report high stress (Northouse, 2012). The type of cancer I chose is breast cancer. Patients also experience stress, physical sickness, emotional distress and depression. There are a lot of unknows present and that can be extremely hard for some people. Breast cancer can have an effect on every aspect of the patient and caregiver’s life.

Emotional response can influence both morbidity and mortality. The patient could also develop sever anxiety or depression. Our emotional responses can have a direct effect on how our body copes with diseases. This is especially true for cancer patients. If they decide to make the best of their situation by changing their lifestyle and developing a plan of action their chances for survival may increase a little depending on the stage of the cancer. On the other hand if the person gives up on life and stops trying their body may not respond as well as it could have with a different outlook. Specifically for breast cancer some patients can have a mastectomy to better their chances for survival. If the patient chooses against this they are lowering their chances to survive the disease.

Gorman (2009) states the psychosocial ramifications are serious, long-lasting, and broad, and they affect not only individuals with cancer but also their extended network of family, friends, and acquaintances. At every stage along the cancer continuum, the care delivered must address physical aspects of the illness in addition to the mental health and coping strengths of the patient and family. So the treatment plan would have to treat the disease and the psychosocial factors that developed at diagnosis and each stage after that. Healthcare professionals need to develop skills in presenting information accurately yet gently, thus maintaining hope regardless of the prognosis. I would also reinforce information, provide support, and consult with physicians about sharing treatment updates. (Northouse, 2012).

Gorman, L.M., (2009). The Psychosocial Impact of Cancer on the Individual, Family, and Society. https://www.ons.org/sites/default/files/publicatio...

Northouse, L., Katapodi, M. C., Schafenacker, A., Weiss, D. (2012). The Impact of Caregiving on the Psychological Well-Being of Family Caregivers and Cancer Patients. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2012.09.006

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Studies have shown that psychosocial effects are very common in cancer patients. This is
something that should be addressed because it affects the family and the caregivers. Psychosocial
effects affect the patients even physically. When a patient is affected emotionally their health
deteriorates at a faster pace most because they are feeling pity for themselves and in other cases
felling as if they are a bu...

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