To help patients cope
with the psychological impact of cancer,
the Karnell Cancer Center offers psychological
support services as an addition to standard
medical care. Therapy is conducted primarily
by clinical psychology interns and post-doctoral
fellows from Pennsylvania Hospital's Department
of Psychology. In addition, a staff psychologist
is available to meet with patients.
The therapists have an impressive range
of training and experience in working
with varied populations - adults and
children, individuals and families, patients
with chronic physical illness, patients
with severe mental illness, and patients
from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
They are capable of providing a range
of skills and knowledge to help individuals
adjust to a diagnosis of cancer.
- individual therapy
- family sessions
- therapy with young children (of cancer
- relaxation training
- assessment of key problem areas
- couples therapy
- group psychotherapy for breast cancer
- hospital visits
Within these services, our therapists
have developed relaxation techniques to
reduce patients' nausea and vomiting, used
hypnosis in post-surgery recovery, helped
patients explore and better understand
how their past impacts the present and
how their hopes for the future shape today.
Our therapists are aware that one's sense
of identity, self-understanding and unique
personality can get lost in the context
of suddenly being diagnosed with cancer.
We work to learn about patients beyond
the medical diagnosis - to find the person
amidst the fears, doubts, and confusion
of dealing with cancer.
Questions addressed in therapy include:
- What are the strengths you call upon
to confront cancer on both a physical
and emotional level?
- How can you best understand the reactions
of family and friends?
- How do you communicate your needs to
family and friends?
- How do you handle losses associated
- How do you adjust to life after cancer?
For more information or to schedule an
appointment with a psychologist, call 1-800-789-PENN