Cancer and depression

When facing a cancer diagnosis there are many emotions patients go through and many questions. One common question is “is it normal to be depressed?” The answer is not a simple one; but we can explore the question a little deeper here.

At the time of diagnosis, there is a spectrum of emotions that patients (and their loved ones) feel, but most commonly they experience feelings of sadness, worry and difficulty sleeping. This is emphasized even more when there are complications, long waiting periods during testing or a misdiagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made patients are worried about the future and begin to ask questions and consider how the disease and treatment will affect their lives, families, jobs and their future.

Treatment Plan
Once a treatment plan is in place, many patients feel some confidence restored. At this stage, the physician and medical team are often able to help restore hope to the patient and their loved ones. Well informed patients also feel less anxious and worried, as they know what to expect.

Treatment has its ups and downs and this is reflected in the patient’s mood. When doing conventional therapy, some of the agents can affect the patient’s mood, as can the side effects of treatment, such as sleep deprivation or chronic fatigue. Treatment also may have numerous effects on the body such as hair loss, difficulty with concentration, lack of energy, even decreased libido, all which impact the patient’s mood.
Cancer clinics in Mexico that use alternative cancer treatments, or an integrative approach to cancer treatment brings back balance in the patient’s body, in most cases eliminating the side effects that often come associated with cancer treatment.

Throughout the entire process, the patient’s circle of support continues to be very important and each patient is unique so there truly is no “normal” emotional response to cancer and cancer treatment.

It is very important to understand that a cancer diagnosis is not a  death sentence… you are LIVING with cancer, now make sure you beat it with the correct treatment.

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