Psychosocial Support Unit

Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center Psychosocial Support UnitThe psychosocial support unit, led by a psychiatrist, has been operating at the
Cancer Center since 1997 and is unique in Finland. The unit’s task is to talk with patients who need special support to cope with their new and difficult circumstances arising from cancer. The unit employs psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Some 400 patients visit the psychosocial support unit each year for an average of 4 to 5 appointments. No fewer than one in ten cancer patients requires special psychosocial support from experts. The treating physician can refer the patient to the psychosocial unit if needed.

Separate support groups for young breast cancer patients and for mothers of young children meet at the psychiatric outpatient clinic facilities. The patient can be referred to one of these groups by the treating physician.

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