Q&A

CBT for Cancer Patients

CBT for Cancer Patients

Professor of psychiatry Scott Temple explains how brief CBT can help build strength and resilience in the face of chronic illness and psychological suffering.

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We use CBT to address negative cognitions or address unfounded anxious thoughts, what challenges are faced when someone with cancer has realistic fears about survival or success of treatment?
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How many sessions are likely to be involved in brief CBT work with cancer patients? Can the same resilience training be used for the carers of those patients?
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Do you think that offering or handing a client a box of tissues when they start crying implies "dry your tears and stop crying"? Should they offer tissues, gesture towards them or do nothing?
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As a therapist I've felt helpless in helping clients with their anger and the unfairness of a cancer diagnosis. Has this been your experience?
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Hello Dr Temple, Is there a theoretical framework for working with fear of cancer recurrence? Thank you
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