Dealing with your feelings is often easier as you learn more about the cancer and get support from others. Your health care team can answer your questions. Talking with friends and family or others who have had cancer can help. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of your religious group may also help you talk about your feelings. Recognizing your feelings can help you cope with them, and that in turn may help ease some of your symptoms and side effects. Pain, for instance, gets worse with stress. Many cancer patients attend support groups where they share what they've learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some ways you may find support:
Talk with a nurse and/or social worker at your hospital or clinic. Ask them to suggest a local or national support group. Groups may offer emotional support, information, financial aid, transportation, home care, or other services.
Call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237). They have information on resources.
Call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345). This nonprofit organization helps patients and their families.