- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: UnderstandingPsychosocial Support Services
- What can I expect with individual counseling?
- When is family counseling a better option?
- What should I look at if I decide on a support group?
- What qualities should I look for in a cancer counselor?
- Will my insurance pay for counseling services?
- When to get help
- Why do some people resist getting help with emotional or family problems?
- Why do some people need extra help while others don’t seem to?
- How will I know if counseling is working?
- To learn more
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Last Medical Review: 08/09/2012
Last Revised: 08/09/2012