Having cancer is, undoubtedly, challenging on all levels – physically, psychologically, and emotionally. And there are multiple factors that play into the emotional impact cancer has on a patient: physical symptoms, such as fatigue and pain, can cause emotional symptoms to occur, while the many changes to daily life can create challenges with regards to one’s sense of self, relationships to others, and sometimes even connection to life itself.
It can be useful to recognize and acknowledge the many changes that cancer is causing you to experience. This can allow patients to appreciate the full scope of what they’re accomplishing every day. It can also help you to cultivate self-compassion and connection with others, and to seek support where needed.
These changes, understandably, have a big influence on your psychological and emotional well-being. While individual patients each experience their cancer differently, there are some emotions and psychological symptoms that are common to experience during and/or after the illness.
So what can be done to make the emotional and psychological effects of cancer a little easier to deal with? And how important is your emotional well-being to your recovery? The answer to both questions is, "a lot!" And each aspect – self-care and positive action – feeds back into the other like a loop.
To learn more about self-care for cancer patients, please explore these pages:
Learn more about CTOAM’s counselling services and discover how you can start moving forward in your cancer treatment with a greater sense of peace.
Or reach out to our care team to learn how to access the most advanced tests and treatments that medical science has to offer. Feel better, faster, with CTOAM’s precision oncology services.
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