Walking through the valley of the shadow of death—The psychotherapy of the head and neck cancer patient expressing suicidal ideations and impulses

The paper aims to show the multilevel and complex cooperation and the inclusion of the psychotherapist leading the psychotherapy in the medical team at the radiotherapy and clinical oncology clinic. We illustrate these interventions with the case of Stan. This 43-year-old firefighter was diagnosed with advanced head and neck cancer and pre-existing mental health problems meeting the criteria of ICD-10: obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychoactive substance abuse. During the treatment, suicidal thoughts and impulses emerged, triggered at the hospital by electronic noises and the feeling of entrapment without a way out. This situation put the patient at high risk and the whole healthcare team needed an urgent effective response. …

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