Even the therapists that specialize in psychological oncology offer counselling to individuals to help them cope with the emotional aspects of people living with cancer, such as depression and anxiety. I recently came across an article- http://www.cbtassociates.com/blog/coping-with-cancer/coping-with-cancer/ which explains the psychological treatment approaches for coping with cancer. Taking help from such healthcare professionals will surely help the ones struggling to find optimal coping strategies.
I'm still confused by what constitutes palliative care. I agree that the earlier it starts, the more it can provide. However, psychosocial intervention isn't going to ease the burden when aspects of care such as mobility, pain management and empathy for a terminally ill patient is in short supply. I've come to the conclusion that palliative care is for the living, or those who have potential to survive. It's not for the dying.
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