RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS

In the Online Psychosocial Support Community for patients with breast cancer, performed by the Catalan Health Department and the ICO (Institut Català d’Oncologia), users can find cancer-related documents, videos, or video-interviews, between others. These are either proposed by the research team or corroborated by this. Therefore, these resources provide reliable and interesting information which may be useful for patients during the disease process. Patients may find the suitable information which gives response to their questions exposed in the forum section of the community. 

In this section, you can find these self-editing materials, so that you can consult them at any time…

If you have breast cancer, you live in Catalonia and want to join the Community of Online Psychosocial Support, contact us!

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VIDEO-INTERVIEWS TO ONCOLOGY PROFESSIONALS

In this section you will find all the interviews that we are recording for the Community of Online Psychosocial Support. It is its own material, elaborated with a lot of affection and rigor, thanks to the collaboration of the professionals of the Institut Català d’Oncologia and of LeoTV, who collaborates with our project Psicooncología Online taking on the most technological part, ceding us to an expert in audiovisuals for the recording and editing of each of the videos. In each video, we interviewed a different professional, who gives us information about her area, always related to the treatment, diagnosis or follow-up of breast cancer and its “collateral damages”, since this material is recorded according to the knowledge needs of users of the Virtual Community of Patients with Breast Cancer. In addition, by clicking on the name of each professional, you can know a little more because we have also made a presentation of each one on video! By sliding the page down, you can watch the videos, in reverse order of recording (from the most current to the least). We hope you find it very interesting!

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THE HEREDITARY CANCER

Are all types of cancer hereditary? What is done to deal with a genetic mutation that predisposes to develop cancer?
Dr. Àlex Teulé and Sílvia Iglesias, of the Genetic Counseling Unit of the Institut Català d’Oncologia, explain what does it mean to have an hereditary cancer and what is the procedure to follow. (15’47 “)

 

 
 

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EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF CHILDREN during the ONCOLOGICAL PROCESS of their PARENTS

How do children experience their parents’ diagnosis of cancer? If you have been diagnosed with cancer and have children or teenagers at home, you may wonder how the oncological process will emotionally affect them: changes in daily routines, alterations in body image,…

Dr. Sonia Fuentes, Clinical Psychologist of the Institut Català d’Oncologia-Badalona and specialist in Psycho-oncology, gives you some notions about this topic (13’25”).

 

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COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN after the diagnosis of CANCER

Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer? If you have children or teenagers at home, you probably wonder how to tell them these bad news, or you may even wonder about the real need of telling them the diagnosis

Dr. Sonia Fuentes, Clinical Psychologist of the Institut Català d’Oncologia-Badalona and specialist in Psycho-oncology, will help you to define how to talk about the illness with your children (17’25 ”).

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THROMBOSIS associated with CANCER

What is THROMBOSIS? Is there any relationship between thrombosis and cancer? Are cancer patients more at risk of developing thrombosis? … Dr. Maite Antonio, coordinator of the Oncogeriatrics Unit of the Institut Català d’Oncologia-L’Hospitalet and a specialist in thrombosis associated with cancer, talks about this topic in the following interview (32’37 ”).

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BRACHYTHERAPY IN BREAST CANCER

BRACHYTHERAPY is an oncological treatment for cancer, such as the breast carcinoma. But… what does this therapy consist of? When is it necessary to be used in breast cancer? In the following interview, Marc Garcia  -nursering manager of the Brachytherapy Service in the Institut Català d’Oncologia-, answers these and other questions which were asked by patients with breast cancer.

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RADIOTHERAPY IN BREAST CANCER

RADIOTHERAPY is a very common treatment in patients with breast cancer, after surgery in which the tumor is removed and/or after chemotherapy, but … What is this treatment? Does it have side effects? All women operated on for breast cancer should be treated with Radiotherapy? … The answer to these and other questions in this video interview! (We have divided the interview into two parts so that it does not last long).

1st Part (13’24”): Pepe Delgado, Radiation Oncology Nursing manager at ICO-Hospitalet, talks about the most technical and procedural aspects of Radiotherapy.

  2nd Part (18’39”): Juan Luis Ribes, referring nurse of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Service of l’ICO-Hospitalet, explains the necessary cures and the effects that Radiotherapy can have.

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RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY IN BREAST CANCER

RECONSTRUCTIVE BREAST SURGERY can be performed with different techniques and immediately or after the removal of the tumor … Who performs this surgery? Is it always rebuilt with breast prostheses? Ana Rodríguez, a nurse from the ICO-Hospitalet’s Breast Functional Unit, tells us about this type of surgery, so demanded by breast cancer patients / survivors in this interview (6’59 “):

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CHEMOTHERAPY in BREAST CANCER

CHEMOTHERAPY is a standard treatment for women with breast cancer. But … What is it? Are there different types of “chemo”? What side effects can I have? These and other questions about Chemotherapy have been raised to Gloria Campos, nurse of the ICO-Hospitalet’s Breast Functional Unit, in the interview that you can see below (8’03”):

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BREAST CANCER SURGERY

SURGERY is the treatment that removes the tumor from the breast, either by removing the whole breast (mastectomy) or a part of it, depending on the involvement and extent of the tumor … Yolanda Valverde, nurse of the Breast Functional Unit of ICO-Hospitalet, clarifies doubts about this treatment in the following interview (8’32 “):

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CANCER IS TABOO

Nowadays, cancer is very present in our lives, more than desired. The increasing number of cancer diagnosis, at every age or social level, and being in the XXI century, it would seem that the taboo around cancer should have been disappeared… Is this so? Enric C. Sumalla reflects on the stigmatization and taboo in cancer, discrimination and other interesting issues that have been emerging in the Community forums. You can enjoy Enric’s reflections, which always open new windows to new critical-philosophical approaches in this video interview about Stigmatization in Cancer (in Spanish-15 ‘approx.).

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BREAST CANCER NUTRITION

Nourishing arouses much interest among breast cancer patients; probably because of its repercussion on body’s structure and composition, as well as its relevance in preventing relapses, within a pattern of a healthy lifestyle. Most patients begin to worry about this topic once the treatments are over, and even when still undergoing oncological therapies. In the Community of Online Psychosocial Support, users have stated several doubts about food. We have collected them all and interviewed Lorena Arribas, an oncological nutritionist from the ICO-L’Hospitalet. Here’s the video interview on Nutrition in Breast Cancer (in Spanish-15 ‘approx.):