EjSBS - The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences

Online ISSN: 2301-2218
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Retrospective Assessment on Psychological Needs and Need for Help Post-Diagnosis: an Experience with Malaysian Breast Cancer Survivors


Breast cancer is becoming a common health problem among Malaysian women. It is undeniably challenging to face the diagnosis, and almost every person experiences distress at any point in time during the cancer journey. However, there is still a lack of evidence to support the importance of screening for psychological distress during this crucial time. This study involved a retrospective assessment using the Emotion Thermometer scale among twenty-one breast cancer survivors who had experienced breast cancer surgeries. They were asked to recall and rate their own emotional and psychological states and indicate problems faced post-diagnosis. In particular, this study aimed to address the questions if emotional and psychological problems exist, and if patients were in need of further assistance.

Keywords: Restrospective assessmentemotion thermometerdistressneed for helppost diagnosisbreast cancer

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Published online: 01.01.2018
Pages: 58-68
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 21, Issue 1
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.230
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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