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Cancer Support: Coping With Cancer Treatments - Topic Overview

Help and support

Cancer treatment can take a huge toll on your energy, sense of well-being, and emotions. This is the time to take care of yourself and turn to others for support. It's not always easy to ask for help, especially if you're used to taking care of others and doing everything for yourself. But remember that the people around you probably are eager to support you. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness.

Think about the types of help you want. You may need:

  • Someone who can listen to your worries and fears or simply keep you company.
  • Help with errands or picking up kids.
  • Meals and groceries delivered to your home.
  • Rides to and from appointments.

You may find that you have too much help or not enough. If you feel overwhelmed by offers of support, ask a family member or close friend to organize the people helping you so you can focus on taking care of yourself. If you need more help, your doctor can connect you with local programs that can assist you with support, meal deliveries, transportation to your appointments, and other needs.

Looking toward the future

Cancer treatment is a difficult and stressful time in your life. But many people find a sense of hope that helps them through it. Treatments today are better than ever, and more people with cancer survive and live longer. Set goals for your life after treatment, and focus on the things that matter to you most.

Where to learn more

The following booklets from the National Cancer Institute's website may be helpful:

  • Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemotherapy-and-you)
  • Radiation Therapy and You (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/radiation-therapy-and-you)
  • Pain Control: Support for People With Cancer (www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/paincontrol)
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Last Updated: May 07, 2013
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