More than a listening ear: psychosocial aftercare effective for cancer patients
03 October 2017
Ingeborg van der Meulen-de Goeij studied the effects of the NUCAI (Nurse Counseling After Intervention) psychosocial intervention in patients with head and neck cancer. The intervention proved to be successful in that depressive symptoms were reduced and quality of life improved
Head and neck cancer is cancer of the soft tissue in the head and neck, such as the lips, tongue, throat, larynx and neck glands. Around five percent of cancer patients have this type of cancer, which is more common in men around the age of sixty.
Ingeborg explains, “During treatment, patients focus on recovery. After treatment, they are sent home and suffer from physical symptoms like dry mouth, eating difficulties, facial paralysis and/or altered shoulder function. These symptoms cause many patients to become depressed and experience a reduced quality of life.”
After treatment has ended, every patient...