Managing Emotions and Coping
A diagnosis of cancer and the challenges that a treatment program presents can lead to distress for patients, family members and friends. Some may experience periods of anxiety, depression, fear, guilt or anger that may affect life roles, self image and overall quality of lifeWhether it's at diagnosis, during cancer treatment, survivorship or if you're living with advanced cancer, you and your family may find it difficult to handle the impact of cancer on your lives.
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center provides the following resources to support you and your family during these difficult times:
- PsychOncology Program
is devoted to relieving the numerous negative social and psychological effects of the disease. The Program is comprised of staff from a number of U-M departments, all specializing in helping people face the emotional issues unique to cancer.
- Complementary Therapies Program
Providing activities which offer a creative and/or physical outlet to reduce stress and anxiety, such as:
- Community Support
In addition to support and education groups, the Cancer Center participates in programs such as the American Cancer Society's "Reach to Recovery."
- Grief and Loss Program
offering assistance and information for those experiencing loss related to cancer