A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event, bringing a great deal of uncertainty to one’s life. Cancer treatment can affect the physical body in the forms of weight loss, weakness, or hair loss, and can also affect mental health and wellbeing.
Many patients and caregivers deal with the mental and physical effects of stress and anxiety. Common feelings include worry, fear, hopelessness, or feeling overwhelmed or out of control. Physically, you may feel tense or short of breath, suffer from headaches or muscle aches, or experience changes in your sleep and eating habits.
You can learn strategies to manage these feelings, especially with the help of clinicians— including social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists—who work to care for the whole patient during and after their treatment.
Visit this website to see the 10 tips from Dana-Farber experts to help manage cancer-related stress and anxiety. These suggestions may not apply to everyone. If you have concerns about your mental health, please contact your healthcare provider.