Psycho-oncology

The diagnosis of a cancerous disease and the subsequent therapy presents an extreme situation for many people. Almost everybody reacts to it with feelings of helplessness, depression, grief, listlessness or fear. Further symptoms comprise concentration disorders, insomnia, loss of appetite and frequent rumination. In addition, fatigue, tiredness, nausea and pain can be consequences both of the disease and the treatment. Many of those concerned also withdraw from family members, friends and colleagues. It is not easy to talk about the disease, its consequences and the uncertainties and fears involved with it. In about one third of cancer patients, these symptoms develop mental disorders such as depression. If these symptoms persist for weeks, it is recommended to contact a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. Many people wish for support.

Psycho-oncology is a specific scientific area that investigates the psychological effects of cancer and develops means of support. The aim is to strengthen the patients’ adapting and coping capacity, so that they can deal better with the stress caused by the disease and/or the therapy. Relatives are also involved in this process. People concerned, their relatives and therapists look together for ways to deal with a changed life situation and perspective.

The treatment takes place in close consultation with your family doctors and oncologists and can significantly improve your quality of life and well-being. We help you deal with anxiety, depression and sadness, problems with intimacy and sexuality, and we support you in practical issues, such as e.g. assistance in daily routine, living or work environment. We work together to give you back hope and meaning and make you regain control of your life. If you wish, we are also ready to discuss your questions about God and faith. We want you to find your own way to cope with your disease.