Cancer Truth Note: #364
Remember depression, anxiety, fear of recurrence, and other mental health challenges are common side effects for cancer survivors. These may show up more strongly as the days get shorter and colder here in the northern hemisphere. If you are feeling down or struggling, sharing those feelings with one person you trust can help shift your mood.
I was shocked to learn that these psychosocial challenges are common side effects for patients across all cancer types. I was more shocked to see that there is not consistent screening and referrals for patients to proactively treat the whole person, not just the cancer.
Some practices have integrated services where all the doctors are in one place, surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist, psychologist, etc. That is the gold standard. If you are having a tough time, talk to someone.
Everyone can benefit from therapy at some point.
As the days are shorter and it is colder here where I am, talking to a trusted friend may be all you need to lift your spirits and help you take positive action.
Is there someone you could check in with today just to say hi?
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