‘The ‘C’ word always comes as a rude shock, which is why breast cancer treatment requires a lot of emotional and social support,’ explains Dr. Arun Warrier, Consultant Oncologist at Aster Hospital, Mankhool.
Comprehensive cancer care, emphasises Dr. Warrier, involves a clinical psychologist from the start so both patient and family are educated on coping mechanisms. ‘The doctor has to astutely refer for counselling as many patients might deny feeling low or depressed,’ he explains. ‘In a few cases, anti-depressants might have to be prescribed until the mind accepts [the reality] of the situation and the body is ready for treatment. This ensures side-effects are well tolerated and the treatment is completed in time.’
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