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Managing Emotional Effects

Manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional effects, and learn how to support people with cancer.

On this page:
Depression
Confusion and Memory Problems
Adjusting to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Spirituality
General Coping Information

Depression

  • Depression (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of depression in adults and children who have cancer.

Confusion and Memory Problems

Adjusting to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Adjustment to Cancer: Anxiety and Distress (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the difficult emotional responses many cancer patients experience. This summary focuses on normal adjustment issues, psychosocial distress, and adjustment disorders.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their family members. Assessment and treatment of this disorder are discussed.
  • Understanding Cancer Prognosis

    Information about what prognosis is and how it is estimated. Also explains survival statistics and the difference between cure and remission.

Spirituality

  • Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the influence of spirituality and religion on individuals who have cancer. Various approaches for management and intervention are discussed.

General Coping Information

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cancer

    Sets of questions, organized by topic, that cancer patients may want to ask their doctors or other members of their health care team to learn more about their cancer and what to expect.

  • Palliative Care in Cancer

    A fact sheet that describes the role of palliative care, which is comfort care given to a patient who has a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer, from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of illness.

  • Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer

    Covers the feelings and concerns of people with cancer and their families.

  • Coping with Advanced Cancer

    Covers the choices for care and symptom control for the patient with late-stage cancer, along with the emotional and communication issues it brings.

  • When Cancer Returns

    Covers the physical and emotional issues related to having a cancer recurrence.