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Counselling cancer patients: a case study of perspectives of professional counsellors and cancer patients in Malaysia


Voon, Siok Ping and Chan, Siaw Leng (2021) Counselling cancer patients: a case study of perspectives of professional counsellors and cancer patients in Malaysia. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 11 (17). 152 - 165. ISSN 2222-6990


Globally, cancer is renowned as the top leading cause of death. Given the severity of this illness, cancer patients often experience different problems ranging from psychological adjustment and physiological changes to a financial burden. Counselling cancer patients is one treatment option provided to provide support and constructive coping of uncertain outcomes. The present case study aimed to explore the counsellors' perspectives in counselling with cancer patients and cancer patients' views in counselling. This research study utilised a qualitative case study design to investigate the patients' and counsellors' perspectives in-depth. A professional counsellor who has experience in counselling cancer patients and cancer patients was recruited to learn about central importance issues in this study. Six themes have emerged from the research: (1) opinion about cancer, (2) opinion regarding counselling with cancer patients in Malaysia, (3) problems and concerns surround cancer patients, (4) difficulties and challenges working with cancer patients, (5) needs of the terminally ill, and (6) strategies and recommendations in counselling cancer patients. The finding provides professional counsellors with some indications in working together with cancer patients and terminally ill patients, which can be a complex and challenging process.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities, Management and Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.6007/IJARBSS/v11-i17/11398
Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Cancer patient; Case study; Counselling cancer patient; Malaysia; Perspective
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 08:45
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2023 08:45
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/96553
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