A Prospective Study of the Treatment Outcomes among 5 Cases Diagnosed of One or More Form of Cancer Who Received Psychosocial Support
Research over the past years has shown a direct association between the diagnosis of cancer, its treatment and the occurrences of psychosocial dysfunction as a comorbid entity. In our part of the world despite our admittance to the above assertions, we tend to lay little emphasis on the disease prevalence of psychosocial dysfunction/disability as a comorbid entity in cancer diagnosis and treatment. This study was carried out to assess how giving psychosocial support services to newly diagnosed cancer patients influence their quality of life while on definitive treatment.
A qualitative research approach was used to study five (5) cases of newly diagnosed cancer cases receiving definitive treatments and making use of psychosocial support services provided by a clinical psychologist /mental health worker at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital in Ghana over a period of three (3) months using a structured interview guide as data collection tool. At the end of the study, 4 out of the 5 patients, representing eighty (80) percent showed dramatic improvement in their quality of life with great responsiveness to treatment. The remaining patient representing twenty (20) percent recorded three (3) missed scheduled psychotherapy sessions and could have directly contributed to her non concordance to the other success group.
The landmark recommendation from the study is to inculcate and employ psychosocial support services in our practice as clinicians when we want the best result to show in our patients while on treatments.