Having a partner who supports the cancer patient before the diagnosis "positively changes the level of perception with which he lives and takes care of medical treatment," Felipe de Jesús Díaz, MD, a physician and academic at the University of Guadalajara, told Efe.
The doctor in psychology with Guidance on Quality of Life and Health added that the negative impact that would generate the diagnosis of cancer is mitigated if the couple is also an informed person, to help clarify doubts and myths, such as the probability of survival.
In the case of breast cancer, for example, "there are people who, when they are diagnosed, take tragically, when the expectation is very wide, there is a good chance of living," he said.
He added that in the network of patients' social support, the couple and the family occupy a priority, however, this network could be composed of friends, pets, a support group with patients and survivors or a religious group.
Dr. Felipe de Jesús Díaz stressed the importance of cancer patients and their social support network to adopt a healthy lifestyle in their habits of thought, such as being more selective with the consumption of information.
It is estimated that up to 100% of people's emotions and mood are linked to the perception of the environment, and vice versa, so good "cultural nourishment" will favor a perception of openness, well-being and hope, which has a treatment.