How might having kidney cancer affect your emotional health?
During and after treatment, you may find yourself overcome with many different emotions. This happens to a lot of people.
You may find yourself thinking about death and dying. Or maybe you’re more aware of the effect the cancer has on your family, friends, and career. Other issues may also cause concern. For instance, you might be stressed by financial concerns from your treatment. You might also see your health care team less often after treatment and have more time on your hands. These changes can make some people anxious.
This is a good time to look for emotional and social support. You need people you can turn to. Support can come in many forms: family, friends, cancer support groups, church or spiritual groups, online support groups, or private counselors.
The cancer journey can feel very lonely. You don’t need to go it alone. Your friends and family may feel shut out if you decide not include them. Let them in − and let in anyone else who you feel may help. If you aren’t sure who can help, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and we can put you in touch with a group or resource that may work for you. You can also read our document Distress in People with Cancer or see the “Emotional Side Effects” section of our website for more information.
Last Medical Review: 04/29/2014
Last Revised: 01/13/2015