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Identify the psychological and spiritual components of loss which may result from the experience of cancer and critically discuss approaches to support a patient through this experience Once a patient has been diagnosed with cancer he or she will experience many different feelings One of those feelings is that of loss Loss has many different variances Cancer patients can feel physical loss but they can also experience psychological social and spiritual loss as a result of a cancer diagnosis To discuss these specific aspects of loss in their entirety it seems only appropriate to define the same Colin Murray-Parkes 1999 suggests that Patients grieve for the loss of security jobs bodily parts and functions plans control of lives and life itself Upon examination of the above quotation it is very apparent that cancer patients require great amounts of support through their experiences of spiritual and psychological loss aswell as through any physical losses they may encounter For the purposes of this assignment the author shall take into account the psychological spiritual and social aspects of loss that are experienced by many cancer patients and shall highlight the most important issues of each These are very broad topics and it should be noted that because this is the case the author shall not be delving into great detail but shall only highlight the poignant issues relating to loss Psychological loss can affect many patients throughout their cancer journey and as this is so it shall be looked at in relation to the feelings that patients have abut certain aspects of their lives including the cancer diagnosis itself Work by people such as Buckman and Kubler-Ross shall be identified so as to highlight the nurses role within the care of the cancer patient experiencing psychological loss Spirituality can be a very important issue within the care of the cancer patient Some patients feel that they become very
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