Psychosocial oncology is geared towards helping patients and families maintain emotional well-being and cope with the stresses associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Facing a serious illness such as cancer can be very distressing. At CTRC, help is available for any patients or family member having difficulty coping with the illness or treatment. The staff in Psychosocial Oncology has expertise in providing supportive care and assistance through this difficult time.
Psychosocial care is an integral part of cancer treatment. We are committed to working with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that optimizes their ability to deal with their illness. We work closely with the oncologists, nurses, social workers, and other CTRC clinical staff to provide comprehensive, individualized care.
Individual counseling can help manage anxiety, depression, stress, loss of control, and anger. This may include working with you to identify fears, deal with uncertainty and build new ways of coping.
Couples / Family Counseling
The experience of cancer affects everyone in the family. Family members who feel confused or distressed may also benefit from support. Counseling for couples can help you and your partner deal with relationship problems that can arise as a result of illness.
Diagnosis of Your Cancer
Coping with the diagnosis
Learning that you or someone you love has cancer usually gives you a feeling that your world is being turned upside down. Everything in life may suddenly feel out of control. This is because you did not choose cancer. Your initial thoughts may be "How could this have happened to me?" and "How will I get through this?" A cancer diagnosis is shocking and overwhelming. However, the prognosis of certain cancers continues to improve and the chance of being cured continues to increase. Some practical things that you can do to help during this time include the following:
More information on palliative or supportive care (versus cure) and how to deal with end-of-life decisions, grief and related matters is available in the attached document:End of Life & Supportive Care.pdf