Well-being

Dealing with a disease brings most patients some degree of psychological and emotional stress. To improve the general well-being of people with cancer, support groups can help you to better cope during this life-changing condition.

Well-being During Cancer

​Breast cancer survivor, Kimberly Jewett, describes how she built a support network to help her make key decisions.


During treatment it is normal to experience signs and symptoms of anxiety, such as uncontrolled worry, trouble problem solving or focusing thoughts, or muscle tension and restlessness, most of the day, nearly every day; these factors may interfere with the daily routine. Help can be found through counseling and support networks, such as friends and family. Some people find meditation, deep breathing and relaxation exercises helpful in maintaining their well-being during cancer treatment.

 

 

Coping With Depression

Therapies to help cancer patients cope with depression

Depression is a common emotional effect in patients coping with cancer. This psychological state causes great sadness, helplessness and may also have physical consequences such as appetite change, disturbed sleep and generally a lack of energy. However, depression can be treated with various therapies including medicine, counseling and specialized treatment. Treatments revolving around emotional support can reduce suffering and improve quality of life.

 

Source:
NHS Choices (n.d.). Low mood and depression. Retrieved from 
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/low-mood-and-depression.aspx
NHS Choices (n.d.). Clinical depression - Symptoms. Retrieved from 
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Depression/Pages/Symptoms.aspx