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Dealing with the emotions of cancer

Dealing with the emotions of cancer image

Cancer diagnosis can be an emotionally overwhelming time. You may be overloaded with information, feel afraid, and feel frustrated because your life has been interrupted. Your emotions will probably settle once your treatment plan is in place and you have a “path” to follow.1

Everybody copes differently during this time, and there is no one single set of coping techniques that is right for everybody. Some of the following tips may help you through this difficult period:

Your doctor may help you to set up a plan for coping; this can help you to feel more in control and hopeful for the future. 1



  1. American Cancer Society. Tips for Working through the Emotions of Cancer. Accessed March 2016.
  2. Volkers N. In coping with cancer, gender matters. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999;91:1712-4.