How might having stomach cancer affect your emotional health?
During and after treatment, you may find yourself overcome with many different feelings. 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 of your cancer on your family, friends, and career. Money may be a concern as the medical bills pile up. Other issues may also cause concern — for instance, as you get better and need fewer doctor visits, you might see your health care team less often. This can be hard for some people.
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 communities, 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 may also want to read our booklet Distress in People with Cancer, online, or you can call us to request a free copy by mail.
Last Medical Review: 03/18/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014