CANCER COUNSELLING
IN NEWCASTLE

CANCER COUNSELLING IN NEWCASTLE

In addition to coping with the worry and stress brought about by their diagnosis, patients with cancer and their families must cope with the stresses induced by physically demanding (and also often life-threatening) treatments for the illness and the health impairment and disability, fatigue, and pain that can result, even when there are no longer any signs of the disease. These effects contribute to emotional distress and mental health problems among cancer patients, and together can lead to substantial social problems, such as the inability to work and reduced income. These effects are magnified in the presence of any psychological and social stressors that predate the onset of cancer, such weak or absent social supports. Indeed, physical, psychological, and social stressors are often intertwined, both resulting from and contributing to each other.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms vary between individuals, but they usually include:

Feelings of hopelessness

Sadness

Worry or anxiety

Withdrawal and social isolation from people and social activities

Change in appetite; either loss of appetite or overeating

Problems sleeping

Feeling tired and having no energy

Increase in the use of alcohol or drugs to manage symptoms

Reduced libido

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WHAT ARE THE THERAPIES THAT CAN HELP?

Counselling

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness

Psychosexual Therapy

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