“In Armenia, there are about 8-10 thousand primary cancer patients annually who need psychosocial service”, stated Liana Safaryan, Oncologist at the Chemotherapy Clinic, YSMU Muratsan Hospital Complex, during the discussion hosted at Media Center on February 5.
"Apart from the depression most of them experience after the diagnostics, some of the medicines used during their treatment have a side-effect on their mental health. Several professionals were trained abroad and then introduced psychosocial services in Armenia. It is desirable that all patients receive psychological support. Many clinics in Armenia lack such a service,” Safaryan said.
Yeva Asribabayan, Director of the Armenian Psycho-Oncology Association, who also took part in the discussion, admits that introducing the service contributes to their self-education. It all began back in 2014 at YSU when promotion of the idea of psycho-oncology was initiated.
"In 2 years we understood that the service is indeed on demand. We mostly work with the elderly and it would be good if the service is available to most patients," she said.