Lekka Dimitra1, Aggeliki Rapti2, Dimitra Karkania1, Argyri Evmolpidi1,
George Moussas1 and Athanasios Karkanias1
Psychiatry, Sotiria General Hospital, Athens, Greece, 2Department of
Pulmonary, ?Sotiria? General Hospital, Athens,
distress is not a new phenomenon in oncology. It has been considered a
serious subject for patients diagnosed with cancer. The main method of
measurement of distress is the Distress Thermometer which consists of
an analogical scale from 0-10 and of 5 groups of problems which cause
concern to the patient: 1. Practical problems 2. Family problems 3.
Emotional problems 4. Spiritual/religious uncertainties 5. Physical
Is the presentation of Distress Thermometer in greek for taking
measures promptly with the aim of ensuring a better quality of life for
lung cancer patients.
The sample consisted of 88 males, 26 females, the average age of 64,95
+- 9,3, with lung cancer from the pulmonology clinics of
Only 18,4% of the sample showed normal values (0-4) on the analogical
scale while 37,3% showed serious distress (7-10). Regarding the
practical problems 36% had difficulties in movement while 22% mentioned
having economic, work or insurance problems. In reference to family
problems 7,9% quoted problems with their spouses. As for the emotional
side it was found that nervousness accounted for 71,9% of the sample
and fear 60,5%. Furthermore 20,2% started to take an interest in
spiritual/religious themes. In the field of physical problems, walking
proved to be a difficulty for 70,2% of the patients.
The distress thermometer may be used as a screening tool for detecting
and promptly dealing with distress.
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