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Chemotherapy: Side Effects: Emotional Changes

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Talking with friends or family members can help you feel a lot better. Often, they can comfort and reassure you in ways that no one else can. But you may find that you have to make the first move. Many people do not understand cancer and may withdraw from you because they're afraid of your illness. Others may worry that they will upset you by saying the wrong thing.

You can help relieve these fears by talking openly with others about your illness, your treatment, your needs, and your feelings. You can correct mistaken ideas and let people know that there's no one "right" thing to say. Once people know they can talk with you honestly, they may be more willing and able to open up.

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