Learning that you, a loved one, or a friend has cancer can have a significant impact on yourself and your family. Sometimes, a diagnosis of cancer can have responses such as denial, depression, shock, and anxiety.
Given this is a significant life event not just for you, but for the people around you, it’s common to experience various emotions that come with this news. If you have relatives diagnosed with cancer, you may accompany them to long hospitalization periods and doctor’s appointments. You may also help organize their days, and at the same time, have to deal with various emotional challenges that may come with the experience.
You may even feel that sometimes you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. If this is the case, our team at VIC Park Psychology can help you work through these emotions. It’s normal to feel distressed and worried while living with cancer, even if you’re not directly affected by it.
Sometimes it feels burdensome to have to talk to someone about your situation, but it can really help. If you don’t feel like talking to friends and family, but if you feel a desire to share your sentiments with someone else, then perhaps talking to a psychologist can help.
It’s important to consider seeking professional help if you think the distress is having a significant adverse effect on your life. It’s also important to consider seeking help if these feelings are starting to affect your ability to cope with every day life. If this is the case, then ongoing counseling sessions may help you.
Our team of psychologists here at VIC Park Psychology have experience working in psycho-oncology interventions with cancer patients. Our team can also help you with things such as:
Research suggests that people who were able to use coping strategies to manage and deal with stressful issues can lower levels of depression, anxiety, and improve treatment conditions. Strategies such as relaxation and stress management, when used correctly, may actually help you cope with your condition. This can significantly improve you; a loved one or a friend deal with issues that come with a cancer diagnosis.
Our team at VIC Park Psychology are equipped with the means to support you whether you’re facing a new diagnosis, you’re in treatment, or if you’ve finished treatment.
While our psychologists may not be able to solve any medical problems associated with your cancer, we can assure you that we can provide a safe place for you to talk about your concerns and help you deal with various feelings of emotional and psychological distress. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You don’t have to feel alone through your diagnosis.