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Psychological Aspects of the Patient Treatment by BNCT at Petten

  • K. Hideghéty
  • W. Sauerwein
  • R. Moss
  • M. A. Späth-Borst
  • J. Cassado
  • K.-H. Cloes
  • S. Blume
  • J. Heimans
  • J. Wolbers

Abstract

The conduction of a phase I trial especially with incurable cancer involves a psychological burden for both sides: the patients and the staff as well. In addition the trial in progress is a multi-disciplinary, multi-national, multi-institutional study, outside of the traditional medical structure. The effectiveness of the team functioning is variable ranging from productive interdisciplinary collaboration to fragmented service coordination loaded with high emotional costs, tension, conflicts and frustrations. On the other hand due to the particular circumstances at Petten5, 6 both the BNCT-team members and the patients can gain paramount psychological benefit from the new emerging interdisciplinary field that use techniques from previous separate scientific disciplines. It considers key organisational, professional and interpersonal challenges that need to be analysed in order to address the possible ways of improvement if the present level of teamwork is to be enhanced or strengthen the present available advantages.1

Keywords

Psychological Aspect Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Incurable Cancer Neurosurgery Department Interpersonal Challenge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Hideghéty
    • 1
  • W. Sauerwein
    • 1
  • R. Moss
    • 2
  • M. A. Späth-Borst
    • 3
  • J. Cassado
    • 2
  • K.-H. Cloes
    • 2
  • S. Blume
    • 3
  • J. Heimans
    • 4
  • J. Wolbers
    • 5
  1. 1.StrahlenklinikUniversitätsklinikum EssenGermany
  2. 2.EC Joint Research Centre PettenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Wetenschaps an TechnologiedynamicaUniversiteit van AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of NeurologyVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Department of NeurosurgeryVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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