Coping counseling. A former resident and associate in our practice who trained in psycho-oncology at memorial sloan-ketterling in ny wrote a great article for our website on coping with cancer: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychologicalcopingcancer.Asp she now is in pratice in the s. Florida area.
One day at a time! Cancer can be very frightening. It is important to have a support group of people you can talk to about your situation. In addition, counseling may be helpful to give you additional coping tools. Lastly, get information. Use the library, your friends and the internet to learn about your cancer; supplement the information from the internet with your md's opinions; and keep your faith strong.
Knowledge beats fear. Do you have a diagnosis, or are you afraid of getting one? What terrifies you - pain, weakness, dying, effects on loved ones, something else? Talk about your fears with someone who cares, and learn about what to expect in your situation. Ask docs & rns medical & procedure questions, therapist or spiritual leader - life questions, loved ones - personal questions. You don't have to face it alone! Read more...