Understanding Psychosocial Support Services

Having cancer is hard and going through it can be a very involved and complicated process. It affects the person with cancer and each family member or loved one socially and emotionally. This is known as the psychosocial effect of having cancer.

Just as there are cancer treatment teams and surgical teams, there are also teams of experts, each with a different focus on mental or social health, who understand how cancer affects a family. A psychosocial team can offer the patient and the family support during this time. 

Psychosocial support can include mental health counseling, education, spiritual support, group support, and many other such services. These services are usually provided by mental health professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, specialized nurses, clergy, pastoral counselors, and others. These professionals might also refer you or your family to other sources if they identify other needs.