Professional counseling is another excellent option for getting the support you may need in dealing with emotional distress during or after cancer diagnosis and treatment. A professional counselor can be a social worker, therapist, psychologist, or other mental health professional. Religious or spiritual counseling can also offer great comfort.

A counselor is a person you can talk to about how you’re feeling and work with to find the best coping strategies for you.

Counseling can help you:

  • Cope better with normal feelings and reactions to cancer
  • Find effective ways to communicate with your loved ones about how you're feeling and when you need help
  • Address changes in roles and family routines that may result from a chronic illenss in the family
  • Relieve some of the emotional side effects of cancer and treatments and help you cope with changes in your physical abilities after treatment

How to find counseling services:

  • The hospital or treatment center where you receive care may provide counseling services
  • Ask the doctor, nurse, or social worker for a referral to a counselor experienced in dealing with the challenges of cancer
  • Talk to your minister, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader about counseling


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