Shock, anger, denial, fear, despair—these and many other emotions are common responses to a cancer diagnosis, for both patients and their families. Here are some tips for dealing with emotions:
- Remember that emotions come and go. There will be good days and bad ones.
- Talking about feelings with family and friends makes it easier for them to be helpful.
- Don't worry about looking happy or cheerful when not feeling that way.
- Feel free to ask for help when needed, and set priorities to emphasize what's really important.
- Talking with your health care providers, the Patient and Family Support team, or a clergyperson can be reassuring.
- Some patients find emotional support in professionally led support groups.