Our Psychosocial Department will recognize that psychosocial oncology is a unique specialization meeting the unique needs of a patient and family faced with the devastation of the cancer diagnosis. The psychosocial needs for families are multi-factorial affecting family dynamics, patient behavior, coping skills, sibling needs, and out of pocket medical costs such as transportation and loss of work time. The psychosocial team will interview all families and patients from the beginning of diagnosis, make an assessment and plan
Introduce the best psychiatric and psychological care for the child with cancer and his /her family through a multi-disciplinary team approach so they will find ways to improve quality of life, manage their fears, and find hope for their future.
Crisis intervention after the shock of being diagnosed by cancer.
Teaching coping skills to patients and families while facing malignancy.
Providing correct information about cancer against stigma and myths attached to it.
Dealing with the psychiatric symptoms and signs rising up during the treatment phases (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery).
As a part of the palliative team, we provide the psychological support needed during palliation to the patient and to the family.
Preparing the family to the bereavement phase and following up with them after the death of their child to ensure that they do not have any psychological problems because of the grief.
Applying different psychological testing to patients according to their needs.
Giving advices and instructions to the parents regarding any behavioral changes that could be manifested by the patient during treatment.
Helping families to overcome their problems either concerning parents or the siblings of the child during the treatment of the child.
Organizing with the medical team the most appropriate medical plan to the patient, ensuring that he/she have the most beneficial intervention and preventing any harmful interactions.
Applying non-pharmacological pain management for patients suffering from cancer pain.
Training newly recruited nurse staff about the psychological problems and intervention for cancer patients.