The Cancer Patient with an Unfavourable Prognosis
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.
KeywordsUnfavourable Prognosis Family Participation Double Bind Deceased Husband Strong Emotional Attachment
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