How to Encounter the Development of Panic Disorder During Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy: A Case Study
|Anna Koumarianou1,2, Panagiotis Pelekasis1,2*, Martha Kontogoni1 and Christina Darviri2|
|1Fourth Department of Internal Medicine, Oncology Division, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece|
|2Postgraduate Course “Science of Stress and Health Promotion”, Medical School, University of Athens, Athens, Greece|
|Corresponding Author :||Panagiotis Pelekasis
Postgraduate Course “Science of Stress and Health Promotion”
Medical School, University of Athens
Soranou Ephessiou Str. 4
Athens, GR-115-27 Athens, Greece
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received November 25, 2014; Accepted January 26, 2015; Published January 28, 2015|
|Citation: Koumarianou A, Pelekasis P, Kontogoni M, Darviri C (2015) How to Encounter the Development of Panic Disorder During Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy: A Case Study. J Clin Case Rep 4:475. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000475|
|Copyright: © 2015 Koumarianou A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits -unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background: Panic disorder during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer occurs rarely and thus there are no studies, nor specific guidelines to treat its troubling symptoms that may lead to treatment discontinuation.
Case report: We describe a patient with breast cancer developing panic disorder during adjuvant chemotherapy treatment putting at risk its completion. We used progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) to effectively control her symptoms and achieved completion of her therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a patient with breast cancer developing adjuvant chemotherapyrelated panic disorder. PMR is highlighted through our study as an effective way of handling panic disorder in oncology units.