No one is ever prepared for a cancer diagnosis for themselves or a loved one. The word cancer, in an instant can change the course of one’s life, as well as the people around them. It is natural to feel overwhelmed during this time of extreme emotional and physical changes. People commonly feel afraid, along, anxious and sad both as the patient and the concerned loved one. We believe that treating the psychological impact of cancer is just as important as treating the cancer.
There are several common concerns or decisions that arise during this life-changing event:
• Reevaluating the ability to work
• Giving up joys and tasks
• Feeling a loss of purpose or identity
• Being fearful of mortality
• Learning how to depend on others
• Changing future plans and goals
• Changing the way in which you care for yourself
At Peace of Mind, we help support the patient and the caregivers, spouses, children and close loved ones of the patient.
Did you know that high anxiety may impact cancer treatments? or that managing anxiety with guided imagery, relaxation and deep breathing can positively impact treatment? Having a solid understanding of the treatment plan and good communication with treatment providers can help to decrease stress, anxiety and depression? Refer to our resources page to find additional links to information and resources on this topic.