Emotional Well-Being and Counseling
People diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones can experience many different feelings during their journey through cancer. These can include: anger, sadness, fear, feeling overwhelmed / out-of-control, feeling helpless. These are all very common feelings around the time of diagnosis or when you are experience some changes in your condition.
The Anxiety and Phobia
by Edmund J. Bourne
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
A Cancer Patient's Guide to Overcoming Depression and Anxiety: Getting Through Treatment and Getting Back to Your Life
by Derek Hopko, Carl Lejuez
Publication Date: 2008
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction by Martha Davis; Elizabeth R. Eshelman; Matthew McKay; Elizabeth Robbins EshelmanISBN: 1572245492
The Total Cancer Wellness Guide
by Kim Thiboldeaux; Mitch Golant; Mehmet C. Oz (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2007
The Resilience Factor
by Karen Reivich; Andrew Shatte
Publication Date: 2003
Many people will face some degree of depression, anxiety and fear when they have a diagnosis of cancer. You will find here some information that can help you understand the normal reactions and when to get help from your health care team. Temporary feelings of sadness are expected, but if these and other symptoms last more than a few weeks, you will want to contact your health care team and get some support.
Symptoms of depression that you will want to report to your health care team if they last for more than a few weeks:
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be very difficult for those affected and their families.
Coping with cancer is not just a matter of coping with your physical illness. Fear and changes can be overwhelming. A sense of loss of control, anxiety, sadness and anger are all normal responses to a diagnosis of cancer. The experience of cancer has an effect of your feelings and your emotions. It is important to take care of your emotional well-being by reaching out for help when you need it.
At the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, The Psychosocial Oncology Program has professionals that can help you through this process. One-on-one sessions and group counseling is available.
You an self-refer for individual, family and group support by calling The Psychosocial Oncology Program at 613-737-7700 ext. 70516 (General Campus) or ext. 25200 (Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre).
Caregiver Support Group: A group for family members whose loved one has metastatic cancer.
Coping with Cancer Stress: 2 groups are available. Both are 6 week support groups offered to patients and families. One is for patients within their first year of diagnosis and the other is for those with recurrent or metastatic cancer. Learn ways of coping.
Stepping Stones: A 6 week support group for women and men newly diagnosed with breast cancer.