Summary of Department
Psycho-oncology is also known as “psychological palliative care of cancer treatment.” Approximately half of cancer patients have been reported to exhibit psychological symptoms, including adjustment disorder, depression and delirium, and this fact shows that having cancer is extremely stressful for patients. Although cancer is a physical illness, it is important to reduce the psychological burden on patients and help them maintain stable psychological conditions. The department provides care for both the patient and their family in order to help them with their psychological issues that arise in the process of fighting cancer, including anxiety disorders, depression, delirium and psychological states that prevent them from adjusting to their new way of living with cancer.
Our department offers assistance to patients and their families to help them cope with cancer better by responding to their psychological reactions stemming from the stress of having cancer, thereby helping them maintain and improve their quality of life. By providing psychological care and support to cancer patients and their family, the department strives for compassionate and kind medicine that relieves anxiety and depression in order to maintain a healthy psychological state so that they can be themselves throughout the cancer treatment period. The care options may include counseling, relaxation and the concomitant use of psychotropic medication, as appropriate.