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In Treatment For Cancer

Don't let emotions bottle up inside.

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Talk about emotions that surface with family and friends.
  • When considering who to talk with, think about the same factors you used when you decided who to tell about your diagnosis and how much to tell each person.
  • Look for positive people to talk with. Avoid upsetting discussions with people who have a negative attitude. You don't have to talk in depth with a person just because he or she wants you to.
  • Family and friends are members of your team. They want to help.

Talk with at least one other person going through treatment.

  • It helps to speak with someone with whom you can speak in the short hand of common experience.
  • You may learn a few practical tips - or share those you've learned. (It would also be helpful to share them with us so we can share them with other people going through what you are).
  • Your doctor, his or her staff, your cancer treatment center or local cancer organization can make introductions. Expect that a medical professional will honor patients' privacy by asking the other person for permission to divulge his or her name and contact information before giving it to you.)

Consider joining a support group.

  • There are all kinds of groups, including groups of people who are in treatment.
  • Groups meet in person, on the telephone, and on line, so there is likely to be at least one available group that works for you.
  • One of the advantages of a support group is that you can learn practical tips from other people in a support group.

Look for other means of expression such as writing or any form of art.

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