Should All Patients With Cancer Receive Mental Health Counseling?
There is a whole skill set around managing a cancer diagnosis that most people are not born with. Counseling can relieve distress, identify better coping mechanisms, provide support and ultimately address the particular issue faced by patients living with advanced cancers. Communicating with family members, spouses and children can produce anxiety in and of itself, and sitting down with a neutral third party can help patients work through some of the stress they feel about addressing issues of their treatment, prognosis and goals with their loved ones. In cancer care, there are many options for patients who are struggling with distress, depression or anxiety after their diagnosis.
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