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Responding to a Diagnosis of Cancer - Topic Overview

The impact of a diagnosis of cancer differs from person to person. It is common to experience anger, frustration, or disappointment. The following home treatment may help:

  • Get enough rest and sleep. Try activities to help you relax, such as meditation or guided imagery.
  • Eat well. If you have trouble eating alone, ask another person to join you for a snack or meal.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise is healthy for your body and mind. Walking is a good place to start.
  • Surround yourself with loved ones. Talking with them about your feelings and concerns may help.
  • Maintain your normal activities. Stay involved in activities that include your support network, such as your family and friends, work, church, or community activities.
  • Get the support you need. Contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support group.

For more information, read "Talking Time: Support for People With Cancer" from the National Cancer Institute. You can find this booklet online at

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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