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The Cancer Patient with an Unfavourable Prognosis

  • Boris Luban-Plozza
  • Walter Pöldinger
  • Friedebert Kröger

Abstract

To be afflicted by cancer often means for patient, relatives, and doctor alike a certain involvement in the ‘magical’ conceptions of the disease. Cancer is experienced as uncanny, even punitive with its pain, and has a lingering nature that appears inevitably to spell death. There is, moreover, a dangerous tendency for the patients to become isolated and even stigmatized rather than to receive due help and attention.

Keywords

Unfavourable Prognosis Family Participation Double Bind Deceased Husband Strong Emotional Attachment 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris Luban-Plozza
    • 1
  • Walter Pöldinger
    • 2
  • Friedebert Kröger
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychosomatic DepartmentClinica Santa CroceLocarnoSwitzerland
  2. 2.Psychiatrische UniversitätsklinikBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Klinik für Psychosomatische MedizinRheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule AachenAachenBundesrepublik Deutschland

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