Oncology: Who is the new psycho-oncologist at Bethanien in Moers

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Birgit Schiermeyer has been in charge of the psycho-oncological service at Bethanien Moers Hospital since the beginning of October. What is most important to them.

When patients are diagnosed with a serious illness, many questions immediately arise. What does the disease mean for my life? What disabilities will I have to live with in the future? How do I tell my partner? The psycho-oncologist Birgit Schiermeyer helps deal with all these questions and other challenges that accompany cancer, as the Bethanien Hospital reports.

The 56-year-old from Dortmund has been working in the Bethanien hospital since the beginning of October. Previously, she worked at the Herdecke community hospital and at the St. Marien Hospital in Lünen. Schiermeyer, who is also a psychological psychotherapist and pain psychotherapist, has been working as a psycho-oncologist for 22 years.

Many patients are overwhelmed

Her first impression of the new place of work in Moers is positive: “In my first few weeks, I experienced friendly interaction,” reports the new Bethanier, who is an important contact person for the certified cancer centers (breast, gynaecology, intestines and lungs).






As a psycho-oncologist, Birgit Schiermeyer helps chronically ill people and palliative care patients to deal with their illness. The talks are initially about bringing calm to everyday hospital life and reducing acute fears, according to the statement.


“Patients receive a difficult diagnosis, are usually overwhelmed, but have to make many decisions at the same time. It’s an unreal situation,” says Schiermeyer, describing the situation of many sick people. In addition, there would be the confrontation with one’s own death – in other words, many things that suddenly rain down on patients and that need to be dealt with.

The psycho-oncologist talks about fears

As a psycho-oncologist, Birgit Schiermeyer helps. She talks about fears, but also supports those affected to put their new life situation in order. Two things are particularly important to her: “It is important to me that patients feel a sense of relief when they leave our conversation.” Another concern: “That they accept their situation and shape their lives despite the illness.”

That is why she also involves relatives and relatives in the therapy. From next year she would like to supplement the individual therapies with group offers and is thinking of discussion groups in which those affected can exchange information with each other.


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