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Psychosocial adaptation after liver transplantation with particular reference to recipients aware of their cancer.

Authors
  • Filiberti, A1
  • Mencaglia, E
  • Regalia, E
  • Gangeri, L
  • Pulvirenti, A
  • Tamburini, M
  • Camisasca, M
  • Quagliuolo, M
  • Mazzaferro, V
  • 1 Psychology Unit, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1996
Volume
22
Issue
3
Pages
240–244
Identifiers
PMID: 8654604
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study investigated the Psychosocial adjustment in 40 patients who received orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) for several endstage liver diseases. Twenty patients were grafted because they suffered from liver Cancer as well as cirrhosis. Particular attention was paid to evaluating whether cancer could affect recipients' coping with transplant. Each patient underwent a semi-structured interview to obtain information on their psychosocial life, relationship with the donor, organ acceptance and life expectancy. Interview was performed I year after transplantation. A psychodiagnostic evaluation was also performed using a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and a Human Figure Test. Psychosocial adaptation in everyday life following liver transplantation seemed good in most of the patients, whatever the indication for transplantation might be. It can he seen that by replacing the diseased organ a high percentage of oncological patients overcame their fear of cancer.

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