This summary of the three articles
will discuss about different research that has been conducted in relation to cancer
and its detrimental psychological effects.
There are many studies that have revealed contradictory and in some
cases inconclusive results in cancer and its detrimental psychological effects.
Much research has
been conducted on the psychological effects due to cancer. However, little emphasis has been
examined. There are those who state that
there is no correlation and then there are those who state otherwise. Much empirical, cross-sectional and
qualitatively research has been conducted on this subject. It is mentioned that both oncologists and psychologists
have studied the damaging mental effects of cancer over the years with results
being inconclusive and controversial. The
included articles correlate with my senior project
patients for psychological anguish goes hand in hand with monitoring physical
health and should be better integrated with cancer treatment and
survivorship. According to this study, “data
suggest that cancer survivors are more than twice as likely to have disabling
psychological problems compared with adults without cancer, and individuals who
have both cancer and other chronic illnesses have a risk of psychological
disability that is nearly 6 times higher than that of adults without cancer” (Naughton, M. J., & Weaver, K. E., 2014 p. 283).
A longitudinal study was conducted which
found the majority
of the cases of cancer patients develop mental disorders such as anxiety and
depression. These are the results that a
normal individual can generate when presented with severe stress such as that
of having cancer. On the other hand,
there are other oncologist who find absolutely no correlation between monitoring
psychological evaluation, let alone benefits of providing them to cancer
According to another study, in a one year period, patients who attended
weekly psychological support group lived the average of eighteen months longer
than those patients who never attended.
This type of support is beneficial as approximately one-third of cancer
patients, cancer survivors and those in remission develop mental disorders
(Greer, S. 2002).
In conclusion, cancer is a
devastating disease as it is. The
psychological effects can be detrimental to the mental state causing mental
disorders such as anxiety and depression.
This disease is disruptive to the outlook of life.