Cancer Care West is delighted to confirm that we will be extending our community and hospital Psycho-Oncology service to Letterkenny early in 2017.
Psycho-oncology is concerned with the treatment of distress caused by a cancer diagnosis. As far back as the 1980’s studies have found that while 53% of patients were coping adequately despite the stresses of illness, 47% had levels of distress that reached diagnostic criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Among these patients, 32% showed a mixture of reactive depression and anxiety, i.e., adjustment disorder with depressed anxious mood. The model of service delivery, such as that provided by Cancer Care West, incorporates an attempt to marry Psycho-Oncology services delivered by professionally qualified psychologists and oncology nurses with traditional support services, including classes, courses and groups. A vital part of this development should be that it is easily accessible in the community, adhering to professional standards of care.
A suitable premises and location has now been found located in the centre of Letterkenny town. The centre will be staffed initially by a Senior Psychologist and an Oncology Nurse and will operate on a five day week basis.
As well as a community Psycho-Oncology service, Cancer Care West will be providing psychological support to inpatients in Letterkenny University Hospital through the services of a Senior Psychologist and by liaison with hospital staff.
Psycho-Oncology & Counselling Service
Our psychologists provide professional expert intervention to deal with the distress caused by a cancer diagnosis.