Coping & Communication Concerns
Handouts addressing common psychosocial concerns for oncology patients.
Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
A cancer diagnosis can cause many emotions, which are normal. Successful coping with your diagnosis and treatment plan can help you adjust to life with and after cancer. This article provides an overview of coping with a cancer diagnosis and how and when to ask for help.
Being Your Own Cancer Care Advocate
Being involved in your own care (or that of a loved one) can help you get the best care. This article provides six steps to being your own best cancer care advocate.
What is Cancer Related Distress?
This article describes cancer related distress. Cancer related distress is any unpleasant feeling, emotion or experience that impacts your quality of life, and your ability to cope with your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Coping With Your Emotions
This article provides information about emotions we experience when coping with cancer as well as ways to manage our feelings.
Anxiety, Worries and Fears
Anxiety, fear, and worry when coping with cancer are common. This article addresses symptoms of anxiety as well as coping tips, and when to seek professional help.
This article provides an overview of depression, symptoms, treatment options and recommendations for talking to your care team about your emotions, mood and coping with cancer.
Talking To Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis
This article discusses the importance of talking to your kids about a cancer diagnosis and how to talk to different age children. Tips for involving your children's school supports are also discussed.
Living With Metastatic Disease
A diagnosis of metastatic disease brings about many questions and emotions. This article provide tips about coping with metastatic cancer and living with cancer when cure isn't possible.
Life After Cancer
This article discusses the transition to survivorship care and life after active cancer treatment. This time can bring about a range of emotions from relief and accomplishment to fear, anxiety, and guilt. Tips for monitoring your physical and emotional health after cancer are addressed.
Coping with Fear of Recurrence
This article provides tips for managing the fear and anxiety associated with the possibility of cancer recurrence (returning). Why recurrence may occur as well as steps you can take to reduce your risk of recurrence is also discussed.
Coping With a Recurrence or Second Cancer
When the fear of cancer coming back becomes reality, it can bring up many questions and emotions. In this article, we provide tips for coping and making decisions for the next steps in your care.