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|Thesis title||A Psychodynamic Study Of Breast Cancer
|Abstract||I am interested in looking at breast cancer from a psychodynamic perspective. In doing so I assume that there are other factors than the environmental and genetic ones in the etiology of breast cancer, namely a dysfunction of the female body related to early faulty internalized object relationships. I also assume that, helping women understand what is happening to their bodies in this process could be instrumental to their treatment.
I believe that through making a study with a psychodynamic perspective, one can create awareness:
- That early object relations are not only instrumental for the personality development of the individual but also physical well being. This can have several implications like considering preventive measures such as parent-infant psychotherapy, increasing the period for maternity leave, and the importance of psychoanalysis / psychoanalytic psychotherapy for those individuals who have a similar pattern of object relations like the patient population with breast cancer.
- That medical treatment can be more effective when the patient becomes involved in the treatment process with the support of psychoanalysis / psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- That “cure” is possible through an integrated approach to the patient rather than just “treatment” which is what the medicine today is so much criticised for.