This comprehensive guide for mental health practitioners and medical professionals addresses the delicate issues surrounding breast cancer and the processes involved in emotional coping and healing. The book covers concerns of family members as well as women worried about developing breast cancer.
Chapter 9: Therapeutic Issues
Counselor: I received the message that you want to cancel your next appointment, and I wondered if you want to reschedule.
Client: I don't think so—now is not a good time.
This is not an unusual exchange for a woman with breast cancer and her counselor. Family, household, social, and job commitments and numerous medical appointments all vie for the patient's time. Women may spend hours waiting to see an oncologist, waiting for results of blood work, or completing extensive insurance forms. Cancer treatments also are time consuming, and their side effects, such as nausea and fatigue, may impede daily functioning. Routine activities may become monumental tasks; even showering and dressing may make women feel as if they have completed a full day's work. ...