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27th German Cancer Congress Berlin 2006

German Cancer Society (Frankfurt/M.)

22. - 26.03.2006, Berlin

Need for psycho-oncological intervention: differences between glioblastoma patients and their relatives

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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Dorothee Koch - Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätsklinikum, Mainz, Deutschland
  • Hendrik Kohlhof - Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätsklinikum, Mainz
  • Sabine Fischbeck - Abteilung für Medizinische Psychologie und Medizinische Soziologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

27. Deutscher Krebskongress. Berlin, 22.-26.03.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. DocPO587

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Published: March 20, 2006

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Objective: The prognosis of glioblastoma patients remains still poor and the patient will die in a short time period. So the questions arise, whether there is a need of psycho-oncological intervention and whether related perspectives of the patients and their relatives are convergent or divergent. Because there is no specific instrument to analyse the need of psycho-oncological treatment in patients with malignant brain tumors, we adapted a well-known questionnaire to investigate this expert-defined need also from the perspective of the relatives.

Methods: Following the concept of the “Hornheider Fragebogen” (Strittmatter, 1997) we developed a comparable questionnaire for patients with malignant brain tumors to determine how patients are affected by their illness. Between October 2004 and July 2005, 49 glioblastoma patients (age: 21-80 years) after operation, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy as well as 49 relatives filled out the patient-form respective the relative-form of our questionnaire.