Support from loved ones and the cancer team can help
It may help to know that patients with more social support tend to feel less anxious and depressed and have a better quality of life. People with cancer find it encouraging to have others who listen and help with the practical aspects of dealing with cancer. Asking family members and loved ones for this kind of support may help reduce your distress as well as the patient’s.
Being able to talk with the cancer care team about medical fears, concerns about pain, and other issues may also help the patient feel more comfortable. You or someone who is close to the patient might offer to go with (or take) them to the doctor. Your being with them may have a calming effect, and you might be able to help the person remember symptoms or problems that need to be addressed. The doctor and cancer care team can answer questions and talk about any concerns you or your loved one have. They can also refer your loved one to a mental health professional if needed.
Last Medical Review: 09/20/2011
Last Revised: 09/20/2011