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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 207-208

Psychosomatic complaint during S1 cancer therapy: A case study

1 Food and Supplementation Medicine Society, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria

Date of Web Publication23-Apr-2014

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Kamon Chaiyasit
Food and Supplementation Medicine Society, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.131422

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Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Psychosomatic complaint during S1 cancer therapy: A case study. J Can Res Ther 2014;10:207-8

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Chaiyasit K, Wiwanitkit V. Psychosomatic complaint during S1 cancer therapy: A case study. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Jul 26];10:207-8. Available from: https://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2014/10/1/207/131422


Cancerous patient is an important chronic medical case. The cancerous patient usually suffers from several physical disturbances. However, the psychological problem of the cancerous patient should not be overlooked and this is an important topic in psycho-oncology. [1] Apart from the anxiety and depression, there are also other psychological problems among cancerous patients. The important concern is on the psychosomatic manifestation since it is difficult to discriminate from the cancerous symptom and cancer treatment side effects. Here, the authors experience a middle-aged female cancerous case who gets cancer treatment by combined nimotuzumab and S1 regimen. On 3 months of consecutive treatment course, the patient starts complaints on repeatedly itching sensation and dermatological complaints. Since the cancer treatment regimen is new and the in charge physician beware of possible side effect, fully investigation is done and consulting to dermatologist is also performed and no significant dermatological disorder could be seen. The final diagnosis in this case is psychosomatic disorder. Indeed, there are also some earlier reports on more serious complaints among cancer patient who undergo chemotherapy and develop panic with request for cancer therapy discontinuation. [2] Indeed, the judgment for management of such case is very important since the psychosomatic problem can disturb the appropriateness of standard cancer therapy. For any complaint, all cancerous patients should be sought for psychosomatic disorder which might superimpose to general physical disorder. Biofeedback relaxation technique might also be considered to relieve the psychosomatic symptom of the patients. [3]

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1.Cull A. Psychological aspects of cancer and chemotherapy. J Psychosom Res 1990;34:129-40.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Slaughter JR, Jain A, Holmes S, Reid JC, Bobo W, Sherrod NB. Panic disorder in hospitalized cancer patients. Psychooncology 2000;9:253-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Su XY, Tan Y, Zheng MC. Application of biofeedback relaxation techniques during chemotherapy. Zhonghua Hu Li Za Zhi 1997;32:627-9.  Back to cited text no. 3


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