Dealing with your feelings is often easier as you learn more about your disease and get support from other people. Doctors, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team can answer questions about your concerns. Talking with friends and relatives or getting in touch with others who have had cancer can be helpful. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy may also be helpful. Many people with cancer attend support groups where they share what they have learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some options for finding support:
Ask a nurse or social worker at your hospital or clinic to suggest a local or national group that can offer emotional support, information, financial aid, transportation, home care, or other services.
Call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237). They have information on resources.
Call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345). It is a nonprofit organization that helps people with cancer and their families.