Distress in People With Cancer

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Cancer organizations

A broad range of psychological support services for patients is available. Some provide group and telephone support, as well as information through the Internet and written materials. Contact your American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-227-2345 or at www.cancer.org. We can connect you to other resources, including those in your area that may best meet your needs.

Internet resources

A large amount of information about cancer is available on the Internet. This information can be very useful to those facing cancer. It can help them make decisions about their illness and treatment, and help them find support. But it’s important to look at the credentials and reputation of the organization providing the information, since any person or group can post information online. Always remember, not all information is good information. Some information can even be harmful if you act on it.

Some people find that looking on the Internet increases their distress because of the overwhelming amount of information available. If this is true for you, it may help to ask someone else to “filter” the information and give you only that which pertains to your situation.

It’s best to stay with websites that are supported by well-known cancer organizations with good reputations, where information is reviewed on a regular basis. Avoid websites that are selling a product or that make claims that cannot be proved.


Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/13/2014