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MANTOVANI, Alexandre  and  MANTOVANI, Carina Cella Panaia. Psycho-oncology and groups: working on links in a support house for cancer patients. Rev. SPAGESP [online]. 2008, vol.9, n.1, pp. 11-17. ISSN 1677-2970.

This article describes an experience of psychotherapy group held in a house of support for cancer patients, maintained by the Brazilian Association of Fight Against Child and Adult Cancer (ABRACCIA) a non-governmental organization. This institution aims to offer assistance to cancer patients and their families. 52 sessions occurred since the implementation of the work. The groups were characterized by being open, with spontaneous participation of patients and their companions and had the theoretical basis of a proposal focused on the analytical comprehension of human links. The aim was to work the way of treatment for patients and escorts, as well as providing emotional support to them. Noting the various forms of communication used by patients, it was possible to investigate the intra and inter-psychic links and thus contribute to the host of anxieties front of the treatment, focusing on themselves, especially the interpersonal relationships.

Keywords : Psycho-oncology; Psychoanalysis; Group; Mental health.

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