Depression and Anxiety

In addition to the physical effects that cancer and treatment have, you may be significantly overwhelmed with emotions. Cancer has been a life altering event that has affected every aspect of your life. Depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and fear of recurrence are all normal feelings that cancer survivors can experience.

Nearly 70% of cancer survivors experience depression and anxiety at some point. Feeling angry, sad and tense are all normal; however, these emotions should lessen over time. For some people, these emotions can deepen and linger and get in the way of your everyday life.

What can you do?

  • Don’t blame yourself
  • Talk to your health care provider about the feelings that you are experiencing
  • Consider seeing a counselor/therapist to talk about and explore your feelings
  • Introduce exercise into your everyday routine. Thirty minutes of exercise per day can decrease depression and anxiety by nearly 50%
  • Reach out to family and friends
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Take care of your health.  Go to all your appointments as scheduled.

If you would like more information on this topic or others, reach out to one of our health educators for help.

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