Advanced breast cancer: Does group therapy help?
Group therapy can temporarily improve the emotional wellbeing of women with advanced breast cancer. Research suggests that such programs increase the chances of survival during the first year.
In some women, breast cancer continues to spread or is at an advanced stage by the time it is discovered. If the tumor has spread and formed metastases in other parts of the body, it is usually no longer possible to completely remove the cancer tissue. Then the aim of therapy is to prolong their life, relieve pain, stabilize their overall health and help them maintain a good quality of life.
It is anything but easy to come to terms with a of metastatic breast cancer, deal with fears about the future and face existential questions about life and death. Cancer treatment itself can also be difficult and stressful, both physically and emotionally.
Psychological and social support is available in different forms: As well as one-to-one individual counseling, psychological therapy and patient education, there is also group therapy offered by doctors or psychotherapists. It is estimated that less than 10 out of 100 women with cancer participate in group therapy. Some women prefer self-help groups, where women with breast cancer can share experiences and support each other.