"For those affected, a cancer disease and its treatment mean a severe cut in their previous life," reports Dr. Imad Maatouk, Head of Psychooncology at the NCT. Up to 60 percent of cancer patients suffer from anxiety and depression. Psychooncological support can help reduce stressful feelings, worries and fears.
However, some of the psychologically stressed patients do not want to or cannot make use of personal counseling services. Reasons include a lack of time resources or physical limitations. In order to reach these people with a psycho-oncological offer, Maatouk and his colleagues are developing a web-based platform. This Internet-based counseling service is supervised by psychooncologists. They answer questions and provide assistance and guidance for everyday life - not in direct personal contact, however, but online. The new online service is intended to make it easier for patients to receive psycho-oncological support, regardless of where they are and as easily as possible. And in the context of aftercare, such a service also makes it possible to provide patients with long-term and sustainable support.
Before all patients can use the system, it will be tested in a trial period with 100 participants. The establishment of online counseling and the development phase are supported by donations.