The challenge of cancer
Patient empowerment is key to this approach to patient recovery.The author describes why and how she deviates from the classic therapeutic path, pushing her clients to take control and start fighting for themselves.
Globally the cancer picture is grim. Even WHO talks about a cancer epidemic, forecasting 25 million new cases a year by 2032. It also admits that owing to the sheer numbers of sufferers and the rising cost of treating them, ‘it is implausible to think we can treat our way out of the disease’, meaning that the long- established monolith of establishment oncology will have to allow in other approaches, other energies. I believe that some of these will come from newly empowered patients, willing and able to work for their recovery. Promoting this empowerment is one of my aims, while realising that at present psychotherapy must deal with what patients need here and now, within the current framework.