The challenge of cancer

Autumn 2014
Beata Bishop

Over some 30 years of working with cancer patients in private practice I have developed a holistic style of psychotherapy in which rules can be bent or even broken, according to the patient’s individual needs. As a former cancer sufferer I find it easy to establish an immediate rapport with my patients: they know that I know what they are experiencing, having ‘been there’ myself.

Summary

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.

First Paragraph

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.