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Moreover, individuals with prior experience of cancer in another family member may be more likely to neglect their own medical appointments as they try to take care of their relative – resulting in delayed interventions which could worsen outcomes. Furthermore, if the person’s loved one had a poor response to certain treatments it could limit the available treatment options for the patient due to fear or anxiety related to potential outcomes.
Ultimately, having past experience of cancer with another family member can lead to feelings of guilt or resentment that can interfere significantly with an individual’s health and healing journey if they are also diagnosed with this condition. Healthcare professionals should be able to offer additional support in these situations by learning how past experiences can influence treatment decisions and recovery plans to ensure positive outcomes.