Patients who struggle emotionally after treatment can benefit immensely from support from family, friends, church, prayer or meditation, Dr. Adams says. Professional counseling can also help.
In addition, there are other approaches that can ease the physical and emotional impacts of a battle with cancer, Dr. Adams says. For example, diet modification, exercise and other lifestyle change can improve both health and state of mind.
It’s important for cancer survivors to discuss how they are doing with their care providers, Dr. Adams says, to help identify strategies that may be most effective at addressing the individual patient’s unique needs.
“Often, there are things we can to alleviate those side effects, so it’s important for patients to continue to talk to their doctors,” Dr. Adams says. “Maintaining open lines of communication is key.”