Well-being

Emotional support for cancer survivors is needed in order to help coping with the impact of cancer, its treatment side affects and the fear or recurrence. Here's more about how to take care of your emotions as you are going through the healing process.

Well-being After Cancer

Emotional and psychological support to help with well-being after cancer

Well-being of cancer survivors is a key component to enhance quality of life.
Despite each person's feelings being unique, well-being of people recovering from cancer is often affected by common concerns such as cancer recurrence. However, various options are available to obtain emotional support for cancer survivors, it is important to make sure you choose what's right for you.

Worrying about cancer coming back can affect sleeping, eating and generally quality of life.
Many cancer survivors reported being less concerned with the passing of time, but the fear or cancer recurrence may still be triggered again months or even years after treatment. The National Cancer institute has developed some tips to help better manage the fear of cancer returning, offering a holistic approach and providing emotional support to people recovering from cancer, thus enhancing well-being of cancer survivors. 

 

Source:
Facing forward: Life after cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute, 2014.

Coping With the Fear of Relapse

Providing emotion support to cope with the fear of relapse

Be informed about your cancer. Well-informed people are more likely to follow treatment correctly and have a quicker recovery process.
Looking for cancer emotional support groups near your city is a valid approach that may help unite people with similar life-changing experiences.

  • Express your fear, anger or sadness. It can help let go of these feelings.
  • Look for the positive. Try to be hopeful. Focus on well-being.
  • Don’t blame yourself. Remember, cancer can happen to anyone.
  • You don’t always have to be upbeat. Take some time for yourself on bad days.
  • Find ways to help yourself relax when worried.
  • Be as active as possible. This can help you focus on other things.
  • Look at what you can control. Be involved, keep appointments, change your lifestyle.

Source:
Facing forward: Life after cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute, 2014. 

Coping with stress After Cancer

Providing emotional support for cancer survivors to cope with stress

Looking after cancer survivors' emotional well-being can include reducing or controlling the stress levels.
Devoting time to any activities that make you feel calm or relaxed may have its benefits. Physical exercise, mind-body training techniques such as meditation or relaxation, art, music or dance and generally sharing personal stories have helped to increase well-being of cancer survivors facing their worries after treatment has ended.

 

Source:
Facing forward: Life after cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute, 2014. 

​Coping with Depression and Anxiety

Support and advice for cancer survivors coping with depression

After cancer treatment, feelings of anger, tension or sadness may remain.
For most cancer survivors these feelings disappear or at least lessen over time. For other people though, these emotions can become more severe and may develop into depression, therefore worsening cancer survivors' well-being. If this is how you feel, talk with your doctor. An expert can provide treatment or refer you to other specialists (such as therapists), who can help provide the emotional support you need to get you through your recovery.

 

Source:
Facing forward: Life after cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute, 2014.