Spotlight on Mental Health

Depression impacts up to 1 in 4 cancer patients, and anxiety affects nearly as many patients and survivors. Caregivers are also at risk for substantial distress. To help bring these critical issues to the forefront, we're introducing "Spotlight on Mental Health," a blog series that will examine the unique mental health concerns and needs of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and providers. The series will also explore challenges to accessing mental healthcare and share ways we are working to close the gap so that people can receive the cancer support they need to thrive. 

 

Justin and Kelly laugh together during an evening out with friends in 2008
Read November 8, 2022

Lessons Learned: The Importance of Self-care When Caregiving

In 2007, Kelly unexpectedly became a caregiver when her husband, Justin, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. "At 27 years old and having been married for only 3 months, I felt completely unequipped to take on the title of caregiver," she writes. "I was just getting used to being a 'Mrs.' and signing a new last name. Life was supposed to just be beginning for Justin and me." Keep reading to learn more about Kelly's story and some vital lessons she learned that are important for every caregiver to know.
A young man smiles and looks peaceful while hugging his friend
Read November 3, 2022

Spotlight on Mental Health: Let’s Talk About Cancer Support and Why It’s Critical

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Factor in the stress of a cancer diagnosis, and the numbers become even more concerning. To help address these urgent concerns, we’ve been busy expanding our support programs and services with new, innovative offerings. We share more in this blog, which kicks off a new series on mental health and cancer.