Psychological problems are considered to have the most powerful influence on the success of cancer patient therapy, one of which is stress. dr. Andreas Andrianto, Sp.B (K) Onk, gave an overview of the psychological conditions and several causes of the stress of the cancer patients in an online seminar held by the Garwita Palliative Care Team on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The seminar was delivered through the Zoom meeting application and Live Youtube. In this seminar, Mrs I. Gusti Ayu Karnasih, as a senior nurse and hypnotherapist, also thoroughly discussed the benefits of relaxation for cancer patients and how this method can be an alternative for stress management.
It was discussed in the seminar that many of the cancer patients in Jember had severe stress conditions due to the chemotherapy process because of its side effects. Therefore, they need a stronger support system from caregivers, health practitioners, and other patients. This seminar was attended by various groups: cancer patients, caregivers, health workers, cancer observers, and students from health-related major. It is hoped that this seminar could increase the awareness of the society about the effect of stress on cancer patients and provide the support needed by the patients and their families to continue fighting cancer.