Poor Prognosis Experience

851 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
There is no right way to react when given the bad news of a poor prognosis. It may come as a shock, the news may be so unbearable that the sufferer switch off, become silent or try to deny it. There are many physical, emotional cognitive and behavioural responses to poor prognosis. The experience is quit unique and each individual response varies.

According to Letho and therrien (2009). Sudden illnesses, such as cancer leave individuals in a state of profound and emotional turmoil. Without any option or control of the situation anger and frustration takes hold. The person may feel angry with life , God or themself. Such anger is due to feeling trapped and having no way out. Mitchell, Chan, Bhatti, Halton, Grassi, Johansen & Meader (2011) argues that a sixth of every cancer patient has depression or mood disorder and 40% of these have suicidal thoughts.

Anger is not the only problem. A person who has been told they have lung cancer may be dealing with shame, due to the type of lifestyle they have lived, which may have played a role on their condition. This can also make them blame them self especially, if they smoked. There is a sense of shame and failure because it could have been a preventable condition. This sense of failure is further reinforced by those around them…
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